Every Tasmanian has the right to a secure, affordable home. It is the foundation of wellbeing and positive life prospects.
That’s why the Greens are proposing Tasmania build 2,000 new affordable homes and three new youth accommodation facilities as a central part of our COVID-19 recovery.
Well before COVID-19, too many Tasmanians were left out in the cold, languishing on the housing wait list, paying skyrocketing rents or sleeping rough. They were trapped in a cycle of housing insecurity with no way out.
That’s why we’re also pushing for the introduction of a publicly run rent-to-buy scheme. This will allow more Tasmanians to buy their first home with a guarantee of affordable repayments – and no greedy big banks will be involved.
Building more homes will also kickstart a housing-led recovery that protects jobs in building and construction.
Tasmania’s long road to recovery from the coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to shape our island’s future for the better and fairer.
We need to make sure we don’t walk out of the coronavirus crisis straight back into the housing and homelessness crisis.
This is a chance for a fresh start for housing.