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New homeless shelter closer


Momentum's building towards a new program providing shelter for those sleeping rough in Hobart, with hopes it'll open in the new year.

The Hodgman Government's chipped in $150,000 towards the pilot of the Safe Night Spaces program, due to begin in January at the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre on Collins Street. 

While Hobart City Mission and the Salvation Army have welcomed the funding injection, they're still around $125,000 short of achieving the amount needed.

Homeless people will be able to visit at 7pm and stay through until the next morning in a scheme modeled on a far larger program running in Melbourne. 

Hobart City Mission CEO John Stubley says they're expecting a teething period.

"We're going to start very small; we're looking at only probably 10-12 people a night," he said. 

"This is a new initiative, we're training staff who haven't worked with this specific cohort in this manner before, so we need to start slowly and carefully." 

Salvos team leader Don McCrae is optimistic it'll lead to better synergy between services.

"A number of allied health services have come along to work alongside us," said Mr McCrae. 

"Primary health, podiatry, we've got mental health, domestic violence, drug and alcohol support and a number of different services including Orange Sky Laundry, for instance, who are prepared to come along and be a part of this exciting new project." 

Housing Minister Roger Jaensch takes a bench to discuss the plan with the Salvos' Don McCrae and Hobart City Mission's John Stubley (Alex Jackson)