Hobart City Mission is desperately seeking a new location for the Safe Space night program for people experiencing homelessness. Safe Space is a program that helps people who are sleeping rough in Hobart by providing safety, shelter and connection to important services.
Currently Safe Space operates a day program and a night program at two separate locations. The day program is located at Hobart City Mission’s office at 50 Barrack Street and is open from 9am to 6pm every day. The night program is currently located at the YouthARC building on Collins Street and is open from 8pm to 7am every night. The Hobart City Council has kindly provided YouthARC for the overnight program, however this arrangement is coming to an end at the end of March 2021.
Hobart City Mission is now calling on the community and property owners to help find a new space for the night program before the 31st of March. The ideal space would be around 300 – 350m² of roofed open area, with toilets and preferably shower facilities. The building must be secure and available every night from 8pm to 7am.
CEO of Hobart City Mission, John Stubley, says that the organisation is appealing to the public for help after months of searching for a new location.
“We’ve been looking for a new space since late last year and have not yet found anything that is appropriate”, says John.
“The few options that we have had have fallen through and we are starting to run out of time at our current location. We are hoping that a proprietor will see our appeal for a new location and be able to provide support on commercial terms.
“Safe Space really is a life-changing program – anyone who is able to help us find a new location will be making a massive difference to people experiencing homelessness in our community.”
“The people of Southern Tasmania really got behind the Safe Space launch in 2019, and we are asking for the same support now”.
Safe Space has been open for a total of 430 nights, as of last week, providing approximately 8600 bed nights. Over 267 individuals have been supported through this time, with 46% of these moving into long-term housing. In January 2021, the Safe Space night program provided 515 bed nights and the day program provided 583 periods of support.
If you have a building that you feel may be appropriate please contact us by calling 6215 4200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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