Anglicare News - Safe, affordable housing
The state’s newest youth accommodation facility
The state’s newest youth accommodation facility, Eveline House – managed by Anglicare – is providing safe, affordable housing to young people in Devonport.
‘This is a vibrant place where young people are encouraged to build on their existing strengths and capabilities,’ said Anglicare CEO Chris Jones at a community event to launch the facility. ‘Eveline House provides opportunities for tenants to participate in community activities, education, employment and training’.
Eveline House features 25 units, five of them purpose-built for people with disability. Each young person has a self-contained unit with access to a laundry, gym, common areas, outdoor spaces and a games room. Tenancies at Eveline House are for young people aged 16–24 years who are on a low income and eligible for social housing.
Kyle Randall Reynders, 19, a student at The Don College, was left struggling to find suitable accommodation after share-house arrangements fell through. ‘When I came to Eveline House I was awe-struck,’ he said. ‘This place is in a league of its own. Not only the accommodation but the support around it, is just amazing. My unit is brand new so it’s pretty speccy looking’.
He said since moving in, he had developed a daily schedule, was eating healthy meals and improving his fitness. ‘I’m sleeping better, getting up early and going for a run before breakfast,’ Kyle said. ‘After school I go straight to the gym’.
Kyle said the tenants at Eveline House were being supported with budgeting, transport, study, food preparation, and job applications. ‘This place feels like a launch pad to greater things,’ he said.
21 year old Rowena Curtis agreed. ‘Having the Anglicare workers here is so convenient,’ she said. ‘If you need to talk to someone, they’re here. I was sick recently and they got me into the doctor, and drove me there’.
‘Here at Eveline House, the community within the place is amazing,’ Rowena said. ‘Everyone has different stories, different experiences – but what we share is that in some way or another we needed help’.
Rowena, who has a customer service position, plans to work her way up in the business. ‘I am taking it a step at a time,’ she said. ‘I like interacting with people and preparing their food – it’s an essential we all need’.
Dr Jones said Eveline House was a much-needed response to youth homelessness in the State. Anglicare manages similar facilities in Launceston (Thyne House) and Hobart (Trinity Hill).
An estimated 1600 Tasmanians are homeless each night. Nearly 4 in 10 people experiencing homelessness are younger than 25, and the demand for housing services is continuing to grow.
Earlier this year, Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot showed that for young people receiving Youth Allowance, there were no affordable rental options anywhere in Tasmania.
‘No Tasmanian should have to worry about where they’ll sleep that night or how they’ll afford to eat,’ said Dr Jones. ‘Long term, affordable housing is foundational for people to fully participate in education, training and employment’.