Anglicare's supported accommodation services in the North
Indigo Lodge (for people aged 18 and over)
Indigo Lodge has safe, affordable, long term communal housing for people on low incomes.
If you’re on a low income, over 18 and looking for safe, affordable, long term, communal housing Indigo Lodge may be an option.
The lodge has accommodation for 30 people, both singles and couples, in private rooms. There are also a communal lounges, a dining room, games room, gym and laundry facilities. Each week there is a linen service for sheets and towels. Your rent covers three meals a day as well as power and some recreational activities.
There is a Lodge Manager on site who can provide general support and assistance and is available for after hours emergencies. A part time Recreation & Support worker offers activities, support and can link people in with needed services.
While you are living at Indigo Lodge you’ll be encouraged to help plan activities and participate in regular house meetings.
Indigo Lodge is located in Launceston.
Cost to you – Rent is 85% of people’s incomes excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance
If you want to apply for a unit at Indigo Lodge, you’ll need to apply for Social Housing at Housing Connect. If you are eligible, let Housing Connect know you would like to live at Indigo Lodge. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Indigo Lodge will work for you.
“I was homeless on and off ever since I can remember. I moved in with some mates here and there, and a girlfriend here and there, got my own place a few times but things never seemed to work out. I always had trouble paying the rent. I didn’t eat real well so I was sick a lot too. Probably didn’t help that I was hanging out with a bad crowd – you know, doing drugs and drinking too much.
I was pretty down and out, it was the middle of winter and I was sleeping in a squat or staying with friends where I could. I was getting pretty sick of things and felt pretty down. One of my mates told me I should go into Anglicare to see if they could help. When I went in they talked to me about Indigo Lodge.
At first I wasn’t keen moving into a place with a heap of people I didn’t know, but I went up and had a look one day and I ended up staying for lunch. I thought I’d give it a go. I it was better than sleeping in the squat – warmer for one.
I’ve been at Indigo nine months now. I’ve made heaps of new friends. Some of them are like family and we sort of look out for each other. The food is great, a hot meal every day and my own room where I can hang out if I want to be by myself.
I just feel better you know, I’m not sick all the time like I used to be. I don’t drink as much either. We get out and about on the bus too, we go on fishing trips and have movie nights.
The best thing is I can stay here as long as I want.”
Indigo Lodge is funded through the State Government. It is a partnership between Anglicare and Housing Tasmania to provide supported residential accommodation for Tasmanian’s on low incomes.
Thistle Street (for people aged 18 and over)
Thistle Street has supported, safe, affordable, long term housing for men and women over 18 years of age in fully independent units.
If you are single or in a couple, on a low income and looking for supported, safe, affordable, long term housing, Thistle Street may be an option.
Thistle Street has accommodation in fully independent units each with a kitchen and bathroom. There is also a communal kitchen, lounge and nice outdoor spaces.
There’s a support worker at Thistle Street from Monday to Friday to help arrange and facilitate outings and recreational activities. Once you’re living at Thistle Street you’ll be encouraged to help plan activities and go along to regular house meetings.
Thistle Street is located South Launceston.
Cost to you – 25% of a resident’s income is charged for rent (including Commonwealth Rent Assistance)
If you want to apply for a unit at Thistle Street, you’ll need to apply for Social Housing at Housing Connect. If you are eligible, let Housing Connect know you would like to live at Thistle Street. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Thistle Street will work for you.
“I was about to do a Chef’s Apprenticeship when I got ill. I couldn’t work and I lost my job. I lost my home too and had nowhere to live.
I stayed at a lodge for a few months then came to live at Thistle Street. The Support Worker helped me heaps and when I got settled I said I’d like to do some volunteer work. I loved it – it made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile. I feel more confident because of that. I’ve also done a course in Preparation for Work at Thistle Street. They gave me a certificate. And now I do a couple of hours cleaning work at the local hairdressers each week.
My health had not been really good but the Thistle Street Support Worker helped me get on to a good local GP. They reviewed my medication and I see them regularly now. I feel better because I sleep better and I reckon I can manage my depression and Post Traumatic Stress and deal with stuff better now.
The other thing that has happened is that I’ve been able to fix up problems with my daughter. She lives a fair way away, and she had stopped talking to me when I got sick. That was one of the things that made me feel worse. But now I talk to her about my illness and she seems to understand.
Since coming to live at Thistle Street lots of things have improved for me. It’s “all good”, as they say.”
Thyne House (for people aged 16 to 25)
Thyne House provides affordable, supportive, long term housing for young people aged 16 to 25.
If you are a young single person or a couple aged between 16 and 25 in need of supportive, safe, affordable, long term housing Thyne House may be an option.
Thyne House has accommodation in fully independent units, each with a kitchen and bathroom. There is also a communal kitchen, lounge, gym, resource room and outdoor spaces.
While you are living at Thyne House you will be encouraged and supported to be involved in employment, education and or training. There is a support worker on site Monday to Friday to assist and to help facilitate outings and recreational activities which the residents help to plan. There are regular house meetings for residents.
Thyne House is located in Launceston.
Cost to you – 25% of income is charged for rent (including Commonwealth Rent Assistance)
If you want to apply for a unit at Thyne House, you’ll need to apply for Social Housing at Housing Connect. If you are eligible, let Housing Connect know you would like to live at Thyne House. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Thyne House will work for you.
“Before I moved in to Thyne House I’d been homeless for about nine months. Yeah, it’s ok to stay at friend’s places for a while, but I had to keep moving on. I spent some of that time in a young women’s shelter too.
When I got the chance to live at Thyne House I thought it would be good to get a few other things in my life sorted out. Now I’m enrolled in a hospitality course which I love. I reckon I might get a job in hospitality because I’ve done a couple of placements already.
Also, with the support of the worker at Thyne I started to have more contact with my family. They accept me now and that makes me feel better about myself and my sexuality.
I’ve even got a really supportive GP that’s helping me give up smoking! “