Housing Support

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Having safe and secure housing

Anglicare has a range of services and accommodation options to help you find and maintain suitable housing.

 

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Housing Connect

Having safe and secure housing

For those needing assistance with housing – get help with crisis accommodation, bond and rent for private rentals and apply for public or community housing.

As well as information, advice and referral to many other services, Housing Connect can provide ongoing support to people to establish or maintain long term housing. Housing Connect can also provide support to people who are already in housing but having difficulty because of things like too many bills.

 

What does Housing Connect do?

Housing Connect is the one-stop shop for all your housing and support needs. One assessment for everything from emergency accommodation to a long-term home. Housing Connect can help you with:

- applying for social housing

- support and advice with your private rental, including bond and rent arrears

- finding a bed for the night

- support and advice on how to stay in your home

- assistance following family violence

- information and advice on your housing options.

 

Details

Cost to you - Free service

Serving Regions - Statewide

 

Referral process 

For more information call Housing Connect 1800 800 588 or email Housing Tasmania on housingconnect@dhhs.tas.gov.au

 

Mick's Story

"I had just lost my job and my marriage had broken down. I was staying with some friends for a couple of months but they had just told me that I’d need to move out. I spent a few nights sleeping in my car, but it was freezing cold and pretty miserable.

When I came into Housing Connect, they were able to arrange crisis accommodation at a local shelter. They helped me to apply for public housing and private rental assistance, and referred me to a Housing Connect support worker. I got on the waiting list for public housing and my support worker helped me apply for a couple of private rentals. They also helped me get some counselling to help me deal with my marriage break-up.

About six weeks after sending out the applications, I was accepted into the flat by one of the local real estate agents. Housing Connect helped out with some of the bond and rent on the new place and supported the move. My support worker was also able to get some furniture and other house basics from local charity organisations.

While it’s still early days in the new place, I’m finally starting to settle in. I’m now able to spend more time with my son who stays over once a week."

 

Funding

Housing Connect is funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Service

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Trinity Hill

Outside of Trinity Hill

Trinity Hill has safe affordable housing for young people on low incomes.

At Trinity Hill there are 46 bed-sit units for young men and women aged between 16 and 25 who are looking for long-term, affordable accommodation. Some of the units are designed for people who are living with disability.

Residents at Trinity Hill live independently and they share social spaces, bbq areas, training rooms, a gym and laundry.

While you are living at Trinity Hill you’ll be supported to continue your education or training, or working towards seeking employment. There is support on-site to assist you to do the things you want to do and you’ll be encouraged to have positive input into the Trinity Hill residential community while you are living here.

Trinity Hill is in North Hobart, opposite Elizabeth College.

 

Details

Cost to you - Rent is 25% of your income which includes any Rent Assistance you’re eligible for. 

Serving Regions - Greater Hobart area

 

Referral process 

If you want to apply for a unit at Trinity Hill, 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 Trinity Hill. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Trinity Hill will work for you.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Cody’s story

"I had been homeless for 4 years since I was 14 and because of that my schooling was pretty poor and I couldn’t get a job.

When I first heard about Trinity Hill I thought that it might be ok for me cos I was staying at mate’s places and in and out of shelters. I had nowhere to call my own.

Anyway I went to Housing Connect and they helped me apply for a unit here and linked me to some other stuff to help me get my stuff sorted. Like I’m even cooking my own food now!

Since I came into Trinity I’ve had an opportunity to look at doing some stuff at college that I wouldn’t have had done if I wasn’t here.

Yeah, it’s good; I mind my own business and have met some really good people who I can talk to when I need to and do some fun activities."

 

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Thyne House

Outside of Thyne House

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. Rent is 25% of people’s income (including Commonwealth Rent Assistance). Community Housing Limited are the tenancy managers.

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.

 

Details

Cost to you - 25% of income is charged for rent (including Commonwealth Rent Assistance)

Serving Regions - Northern Tasmania

 

Referral process 

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.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Maya's story

"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! "

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Thistle Street

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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. Community Housing Limited are the tenancy managers and charge 25% of people’s income (including Commonwealth Rent Assistance) in rent.

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.

 

Details

Cost to you - 25% of a resident's income is charged for rent (including Commonwealth Rent Assistance)

Serving Regions - Northern Tasmania

 

Referral process 

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.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Santina's story

"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."

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Bayview Lodge

Outside of Bayview Lodge

Bayview Lodge provides safe, affordable long term communal housing for singles and couples on low incomes.

If you are on a low income and need somewhere to live, Bayview Lodge may be an option. The lodge has long term communal housing for 26 people and offers full board set at 80% of your income, excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance. Your rent includes three meals a day, power, a weekly linen service for sheets and towels along with some recreational activities. You'll have your own room and there's a communal lounge, dining room and laundry.

A Lodge Manager is on site to help with general support, and they are also available for after hours emergencies.

If you're keen to get involved in activities, there's a Recreation and Support worker, and they can also assist you to link in with various services you might need. While you're living at Bayview you'll be encouraged to be part of the lodge community, helping to plan activities and coming to house meetings.

Bayview Lodge is located in Rosny.

 

Details

Cost to you - Rent is 85% of a person's income excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Serving Regions - Southern Tasmania

 

Referral process 

If you want to apply for a unit at Bayview 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 Bayview Lodge. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Bayview Lodge will work for you.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Tessa's story

"For the last few years I’d been renting a unit with my husband, just out of Hobart. Both of us had a few health troubles but nothing major until he was diagnosed with cancer last year. When he died I was really lost, I didn’t know what to do and I couldn’t afford to keep renting the unit by myself.

I thought about trying to get someone else in to share with me but I didn’t really know how to go about it or if that’s what I really wanted. The end of my lease was getting nearer so I had to either decide to stay where I was or move out soon.

My health wasn’t great either and it was a real hassle cooking for one so most of the time I didn’t eat real well. When I was at the Dr’s there was a flyer about a place called Bayview Lodge. It sounded good so when I got home I gave them a ring. The person I spoke to was really nice and told me all about the place. He said I should come out and have a look around. He said they had a vacancy coming up next week as someone was moving out. I went out and had a look around and the rest is history.

I have my own room and bathroom. All the meals are provided, they even collect sheets and towels and have them washed for you. They take a group of us over to the shopping centre each pay day so we can buy what we need to and have a look around. We also go on outings in the bus. You don’t have to go if you don’t want to but I usually do. It’s good to get out and about a bit.

I really like it here, the people are really nice. I think I’ll be here for a long time."

 

Funding 

Bayview Lodge is funded through the State Government. It is a partnership between Anglicare and Housing Tasmania to provide supported residential accommodation for Tasmanians on low incomes.

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Bilton Lodge

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Bilton Lodge provides safe, affordable long term communal housing for people on low incomes.

If you are over 18, on a low income and need somewhere to live in southern Tasmania, Bilton Lodge may be an option. The lodge has long term housing for 36 people and offers full board set at 80% of your income, excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Your rent includes three meals a day, power, a weekly linen service for sheets and towels along with some recreational activities. You'll have your own room and there's a communal lounge, gym, dining room, laundry and outdoor areas.

A Lodge Manager is on site to help with general support and for after hours emergencies. If you want to get involved in activities, there's a Recreation and Support worker, and they can also assist you to link in with various services you might need. While you're living at Bilton you'll be encouraged to help plan activities and participate in house meetings.

Bilton Lodge is located in Claremont.

 

Details

Cost to you - Rent is 85% of your income excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance

Serving Regions - Southern Tasmania

 

Referral process 

If you want to apply for a unit at Bilton 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 Bilton Lodge. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Bilton Lodge will work for you.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Zac's story

"I got diagnosed with schizophrenia a few years ago. I didn’t take that real well so I started getting into a bit of trouble too. Mum and I were fighting a lot. 

I moved into a flat out in Moonah but that didn’t last long. I kept getting unwell and was in and out of hospital. Mum was really good but she didn’t really know what to do to help and didn’t want me living back at home with her and my little brother. 

One of the social workers in the hospital gave me a pamphlet about Bilton Lodge and explained how much it cost to live there. They said they could ring up and get more information for me if I wanted. I thought it couldn’t hurt.

I was a bit scared that they would be really strict there and I couldn’t come and go when I wanted and sort of do my own thing. I ended up moving in though, they said I could do a trial and see if I liked it. 

I’ve been there about 2 years now. I still get unwell sometimes but everyone is really good there and they help me when I need it."

 

Funding 

Bilton Lodge is funded through the State Government. It is a partnership between Anglicare and Housing Tasmania to provide supported residential accommodation for Tasmanians on low incomes.

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Burnie Lodge

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Burnie Lodge provides affordable long term communal housing in northwest Tasmania if you are on a low income.

If you are over 18, on a low income and need somewhere to on the northwest coast Burnie Lodge may be an option.

The lodge has long term communal housing for 29 people and offers full board set at 85% of your income, excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance. Your rent includes three meals a day, power, a weekly linen service for sheets and towels along with some recreational activities.

Burnie Lodge has individual self contained units and there's a communal lounge, dining room, games room, gym, workshop and laundry. A Lodge Manager is on site to help with general support and after hours emergencies. If you want to get involved in activities, there's a Recreation and Support worker who can also help you to link in with any services you might need.

While you're living at Burnie Lodge you'll be encouraged to help plan activities and come to house meetings.

Burnie Lodge is located in Wivenhoe.

 

Details

Cost to you - Rent is 85% of your income, excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Serving Regions - West and Northwest Tasmania

 

 

Referral process 

If you want to apply for a unit at Burnie 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 Burnie Lodge. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Burnie Lodge will work for you.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Tony's story

"Me and me missus split up so I went and stayed with my sister. She had her own family, so me being there wasn’t really working out.   

A friend of one of my mates lived in this place down in Wivenhoe. I was asking him about it one day and he said it was pretty good. I asked him how he ended up there and he said he just rang up one day to see if they had any rooms. He was living up top of the pub before but had to get out of there. 

He said he’d take me there and I could have a talk to the manager there about a room. I went there the other day and had a bit of a look around and talked to a few people. I knew one of the other blokes who lives there too.

I filled out an application form a couple of weeks ago and I move in next week. 

My sisters pretty happy too, she’s been great but it’s too hard living there with her and her three kids. 

I’m really looking forward to having my own place. All the cooking is done for you too so that’s pretty good too."

 

Funding 

Burnie Lodge is funded through the State Government. It is a partnership between Anglicare and Housing Tasmania to provide supported residential accommodation for Tasmanians on low incomes.

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Grove House

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Grove House provides supported, safe, affordable long term housing for men and women, singles and couples over 18 years of age.

If you're over 18 and looking for supported, safe, affordable, long term housing in the Ulverstone area, Grove House may be an option.

This communal residence accommodates up to 20 people in fully independent units each with a kitchen and bathroom. There's also a shared kitchen, a lounge to relax in and lovely outdoor spaces. From Monday to Friday there is a support worker on site who can help you arrange outings and recreational activities.

Community Housing Limited are the tenancy managers and charge rental of 25% of people’s income, including Commonwealth Rent Assistance. While you are living at Grove House you'll be encouraged to help plan activities and come to regular house meetings

Grove House is located in Ulverstone.

 

Details

Cost to you - Rent is 25% of a person's income, including Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

Serving Regions - West and Northwest Tasmania

 

Referral process 

If you want to apply for a unit at Grove 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 Grove House. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Grove House will work for you.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Robert's story

"I was 58 when I came to Grove House.

I’d been married but it broke up and I went back home to mum and dads. That didn’t work out too well because they were getting old and I had schizophrenia and sometimes I had trouble with my mobility.

When I first came to Grove House I didn’t feel like talking to anyone and I stayed by myself a lot. The support worker kept an eye on me and he made sure I was ok and going to my appointments.

The Grove House workers are all great and I felt like the whole team was taking care of me. It made me feel a lot better about myself and so I started to hang out with other people a bit more. I even started doing some of the activities with the other Grove House people. For the first time in ages I don’t feel isolated. I’ve made friends.

The support worker got me onto a group called ‘Hearing voices’ which I went to for seven months. It was good because I met other people that were like me and I learnt a lot about my illness. I wrote stuff down and my worker showed me how to use the computer to make a book. I called it ‘My Voices’.

The other thing they did at Grove House was to get me cooking more. When I’d got better at it, I cooked dinner for a couple of the other residents. They said my cooking was really nice!

I enjoy my life a lot more now."

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Indigo Lodge

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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 Ldge 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.Rent is 85% of people’s income excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance.

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.

 

Details

Cost to you - Rent is 85% of people’s incomes excluding Commonwealth Rent Assistance

Serving Regions - Northern Tasmania

 

Referral process 

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.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Marko's story

"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."

 

Funding 

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.

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Youthcare

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Youthcare has crisis accommodation for young men aged 13 to 20 in southern Tasmania. At Youthcare you'll find support and assistance to reconnect with your family or to establish safe long term accommodation that suits you.

Youthcare has safe crisis accommodation if you are

- male

- 13 to 20 years old,

- homeless or about to become homeless

- in southern Tasmania

You’ll be able to stay at Youthcare and get a good sleep. Youthcare staff will help you plan what you would like to do next. That might mean working things out with your family, or getting back to school, or it might mean finding more permanent housing.

We’ll work with you to build your confidence so you can find and access the support and accommodation you need.

Youthcare is located in Moonah.

 

Details

Cost to you - Board is $60 per week

Serving Regions - Southern Tasmania

 

Referral process 

If you want to apply for a unit at Youthcare, 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 Youthcare. After that you’ll be contacted by one of our workers who will talk with you about whether Youthcare will work for you.

Click here for more information about Housing Connect.

 

Jake's story

"Things were really bad after dad died. Mum didn’t cope too well. I don’t think us kids helped but we were pretty sad about it too.   

Mum started drinking a lot and we stopped going to school and then we were all fighting a lot. My brothers and I got into a few good fights, not just with each other but with some of the kids down the road and at school. One day mum just snapped, she told me to pack my bags and get out or she’d call the cops. 

I didn’t know where to go. I talked to one of the social workers from school and they rang Youthcare. I ended up staying there for a couple of weeks. 

They were really great but I wanted to go home. Mum wasn’t keen to have me back. I guess I was pretty horrible to her before I left. The worker at Youthcare got mum in for a chat. They talked to us about getting some counselling and maybe even some counselling for my brothers as well. I’m still at Youthcare, but mum and I went and talked to a counsellor and we both want to work things out so I can go back home. Things are looking up."