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Units cater for growing cohort

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A vacant property in South Hobart has undergone extensive work to help cater for a growing need in Tasmania's stressed housing market.

An initiative of the South Hobart Catholic parish, the eight affordable housing units are available for single women aged 55 and over experiencing rental stress.

Her Excellency, Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner officially opened the units this morning.

"This is the perfect opportunity to address this need cohort. The residents can also stay long term if they need, the certainty in this is going to be a great success."

Capital grant funding from Housing Tasmania and a financial contribution from CatholicCare Tasmania has seen the project come to fruition.

“Given the crisis in housing due to extreme rental stress and homelessness, particularly amongst a cohort of women over 55, we decided to convert this building into eight affordable housing units,” said South Hobart Catholic Parish Priest Fr Michael Tate.

Formerly a Catholic primary school in the 1960's and early 1970's, the building housed commercial tenants until 2018. Tasmanian company Wayston Building Services completed the re-development works, with the project taking only 10 months to complete.

CatholicCare Tasmania Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson says the properties are close to essential services.

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Images: Her Excellency, the Governor Kate Warner officially opened the new affordable housing units in South Hobart. (Alex Jackson)