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.
It is a safe and secure place for people to find shelter from the elements, rest and link with support services such as Housing Connect, Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug doctors. The program is run out of the YouthARC space on Collins St, which is provided free of charge by the Hobart City Council.
Safe Night Space initially ran from 8pm to 7am, 7 days a week. However, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the State Government is providing six months funding for the program to expand to a 24-hour service (now called Safe Space), with the ability to add further services as the need becomes apparent. The program has also been extended to Launceston and Burnie, in collaboration with Launceston City Mission, to meet the needs of the homeless population in the north of the State.
For many people the Safe Space is a first step towards moving off the streets and is a vital service to those experiencing homelessness in our community.
Click here for more on the expansion of Safe Space during the COVID-19 response.
Referrals to Safe Space are made through Housing Connect on a daily basis. To contact Housing Connect call 1800 800 588.
The Safe Night Space Program was developed through conversations with real people sleeping on the streets of Hobart.