A new supported accommodation facility designed for men facing homelessness on Tasmania’s north-west coast was officially opened on Wednesday. Source: CatholicCare Tasmania.
Marram Place, in Devonport, provides safe and supported accommodation for up to eight men, including an option for a father with children. It offers access to an emergency accommodation and support service. The main building also includes accommodation for staff to provide a 24/7 presence at the site.
“CatholicCare Tasmania is proud to be working with Homes Tasmania in managing Marram Place, which will help address a service gap in crisis accommodation for men, and support residents to transition to more stable living arrangements,” said CatholicCare Tasmania’s chief executive Julia Mangan.
Marram Place is operated by CatholicCare Tasmania in partnership with Homes Tasmania, and will provide supported accommodation in a home-like environment for men who are homeless.
Ms Mangan said interest is coming from men who are living in overcrowded situations or have been sleeping rough due to not having options to stay with family or friends. Further affecting this cohort is the shortage in supply of single-occupancy dwellings. For men with accompanying children, Marram Place is only one of two dedicated short crisis accommodation facilities in Tasmania.
The two-storey facility includes seven single-bedroom units with ensuites, as well as two living rooms, a kitchen, courtyards, and two interview rooms.
The Tasmanian Government provided $2.5million for the design, planning and construction of Marram Place, set up funding of $355, 000, and ongoing operational funding of $710, 000 a year plus indexation through Homes Tasmania to keep the service operational.
Marram Place providing care and ongoing wellbeing for men. (CatholicCare Tasmania)