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Housing waitlist hits another record high

The minority Liberal government continues to let down Tasmanians in need with new data showing more Tasmanians than ever waiting for affordable housing.

The latest Housing Dashboard shows the number of applicants for social housing in September rose to another record high of 4,634.

Not only that but the rolling 12-month average time to house priority applicants is also the longest it’s ever been – at 81.7 weeks.

It is clear from these figures that after creating this crisis over ten years of government, the Liberals are not doing anywhere near enough to fix it.

In contrast, Labor has a plan to provide the housing Tasmanians need.

Under our Build to Rent program, Tasmania would see an increase of at least 1,000 additional private rental homes enter the market within the first five years and stay in the private rental market for 30 years. This is on top of the 10,000 social and government homes by 2032.

Labor will also provide an immediate solution for hundreds of Tasmanians by urgently repairing the 215 government houses that remain untenantable and therefore sitting empty – getting even more houses available sooner.

A State Labor Government will also expand the MyHome scheme and get more people into home ownership, driving the market for more new houses.

October 27 2023

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