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Housing waitlist longer than ever

More Tasmanian families than ever are waiting for social housing, with demand far outstripping supply after 10 years of housing neglect from the Liberal government.

New Housing Dashboard figures show the number of applicants for social housing in November has reached a record high of 4,701.

The average time to house priority applicants in November rose to an absolutely staggering 94.7 weeks, which is far too long for a family that desperately needs housing to wait.

Today’s unacceptable figures are a direct result of the Liberals neglecting housing for the majority of their 10 years in government.

On their watch the waitlist has close to doubled, with the average wait time about four times as long as it was in 2014.

After creating this crisis, the Liberals are not doing anywhere near enough to fix it.

A Labor government would make providing the housing Tasmanians need a priority.

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.

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

These initiatives would be delivered on top of the 10,000 social and government homes committed to by the government before 2032.

After 10 years of a Liberal government, Tasmania’s housing waitlist is the longest it’s ever been. If they haven’t addressed the major housing issues by now, they never will.

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