The St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania has unveiled plans to build 38 studio apartments to house disadvantaged older women in the community.
The society is partnering with Amélie Housing, a national community housing provider and a special work of the society, to lodge a planning application with the City of Hobart for the apartments, which would sit above the existing Vinnies furniture warehouse.
The first cohort of residents is expected to be women over 55 as Vinnies recognises this as a growing demographic in desperate need of assistance.
This significant $16.7 million project is being supported by Homes Tasmania through the federal Government’s Social Housing Accelerator program.
Under an agreement with Homes Tasmania, tenants will be accommodated and supported under a tenancy agreement with Amélie Housing.
The residential development will consist of four levels revolving around a vertical garden with each studio containing its own kitchen, bathroom and private balcony, ensuring comfort and privacy for all residents.
Vinnies Tasmania chief executive officer Heather Kent said the project would address the housing needs of older women and foster a sense of community and support.
“This development is about creating a safe haven where these women can find not only shelter but also the support they desperately need
“We are working with council, neighbours and stakeholders on the development application process and look forward to progressing this important development for disadvantaged women in Hobart.”
New proposal to provide safety and support for women (St Vincent de Paul Society)