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Safe Space

Benjamin and Michael talked with us about their experience of Safe Night Space.

In late 2019 The Salvation Army Tasmania and Hobart City Mission partnered to pilot the Hobart Safe Night Space with the support of Hobart City Council and the State Government.

The Safe Night Space provides a welcoming, safe and inclusive place for people who are vulnerable, isolated and homeless in Hobart. For some, the Safe Night Space Program may, therefore, be the first step towards moving off the streets.

Having proven a success in Hobart and given the elevated risk that COVID-19 presents, particularly for those that are sleeping rough, the State Government recently confirmed funding of the program for the next six months.

With this additional support, the renamed Hobart “Safe Space” will be now open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. A key aim of this expansion is the inclusion of services such as mental and medical health services, Housing Connect and Drug and Alcohol services. There is flexibility to add further services as needs become apparent.

For Ben and Michael, who have been experiencing homelessness in Hobart, the Safe Space is a place to feel comfortable and clean, and has had a huge effect on their mental health.

“I was sleeping in a tent, which just feels dirtier”, says Ben. “I can actually keep clean in this place”.

The relationships they build with staff and other people at Safe Space give them a boost and help them to start each day in a positive manner.  

“Everybody helps everybody here”, says Michael. “People make each other coffees in the morning to get each other up. There’s a bit of tomfoolery, joking around, always making each other smile,”

“We just pull together to make each other happy. That way when we leave, we all have a good day, we stay out of trouble. No one judges anyone — it is the epitome of a safe place.”

Without you, and your generous donations, the Safe Space program would not have been able to launch.

We thank you for the love and support you have shown. Your care and kindness have given hope and safety to some of Hobart’s most vulnerable people. 

Safe Space

The Safe Space program is a safe 24 hour service for people who are experiencing homelessness in Hobart.

The program launched in December 2019 in partnership with The Salvation Army, and has already changed the lives of people living on the streets of Hobart. 

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In the 2019/2020 year, Safe Space provided...

150
No. of bed nights provided
0
No. of individual supported
0
No. of instances of support through the Day Space

The Safe Night Space Program was developed through conversations with real people sleeping on the streets of Hobart. 

How to access Safe Space

Safe Space is a 24 hour service, with two separate locations.  Our Day Program is open to anyone who needs a place of connection, some food, or to meet with service providers. Our Night Program is available through referral only from Housing Connect. 

Safe Day Space

  • The Day Space is at the top of Hobart City Mission’s offices at 50 Barrack St, Hobart.
  • Opening hours are 9am to 6pm every day of the week, including weekends and public holidays (even Christmas Day!)
  • Anyone is welcome to come to the Day Space to access services, have a meal, or just connect with our support workers. You do not need to make an appointment to come to the space.
  • Click here to see a timetable of services that are available at Safe Space.
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Safe Space program for people experiencing homelessness

Safe Night Space

  • The Night Space is for people who are experiencing homelessness and are sleeping rough.
  • The Night Space is at the YouthARC Space at 44 Collins St, Hobart.
  • Opening hours are from 7pm to 8am every night, including weekends and public holidays. 
  • There is space for 20 people to sleep at Safe Space with all beds and bedding supplied. 
  • Available for both men and women
  • Access to Night Space is by referral only. Call Housing Connect on 1800 800 588 to get a referral. 

Safe Space also has locations in Launceston (run by Launceston City Mission) and Burnie (run by The Salvation Army). 
Referrals to these services can also be made by calling Housing Connect on 1800 800 588.

Services available at Safe Space

Every week, a number of support services come to the Safe Space day and night programs on a fortnightly timetable. These times and days may change. Talk to a Safe Space support worker about how to book a meeting and connect with any of these services. 

Week One

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jess from Housing Connect
Jess from Housing Connect


10.30am Toolbox Meeting
Stu from the Bridge Program
Jess from Housing Connect


7pm Orange Sky at Night Space & Short of a Sheet
Jess Housing Connect


Pete from Anglicare



2pm Johnno from Hobart Community Legal

10am Orange Sky Laundry at Day Space

No organised services

Week Two

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jess from Housing Connect
Jess from Housing Connect


10.30am Toolbox Meeting



Stu from the Bridge Program
Stu from the Bridge Program
Jess from Housing Connect


10am Stefan from Catholic Care

11am Cassie from NDIS (Disability)

7pm Orange Sky at Night Space & Short of a Sheet
Jess Housing Connect


Pete from Anglicare

2pm Johnno from Hobart Community Legal
10am Orange Sky Laundry at Day Space
No organised services

How You Can Help

The Safe Space program is funded by the State Government. However, there are still a number of ways that you can support the people who access Safe Space: 

  • Financial donations to our Emergency Relief program. Many of the clients who stay at Safe Space regularly use Emergency Relief, as well as other families struggling to make ends meet in our community – make a donation online, or call (03) 6215 4200

  • Donate items such as toiletries, food and sleeping bags.

  • Volunteer to set up and pack down the Safe Space night program.

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