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On June 30, Colony 47 will embark on a new chapter in its 50-year history helping Tasmanians overcome homelessness. 

For the past 10 years we have been the State Government’s partner operating the Housing Connect front door in Southern Tasmania. 

That means we have been the first point of contact for anyone – young or old – experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Our team has worked tirelessly to connect people with available options, including short term crisis accommodation, private rental support and public housing.  

When the contract for Housing Connect came up for renewal last year, we reflected on our original purpose way back when we started in 1973 – to help young Tasmanians live their best possible lives. In order to reconnect with that purpose, we set a new goal to End Youth Homelessness. 

Deciding not to retender for Housing Connect was not an easy choice, but we know it was the right one because it will allow us focus more clearly on realising this vision. 

Sadly, it means we will be saying goodbye to our friends and colleagues who made Housing Connect such a welcoming and supportive service for Tasmanians in need. To them, we say a heartfelt thank you.  

We’ll still be here to assist young people with housing. We’ll still be running Mara House and Colville Place and helping young renters with subsidies through our JumpStart program. 

And we have big plans for the future. 

As we close this chapter, it is timely that we reflect on all that has been achieved by Colony 47 over the past 50 years providing housing and support. 

Housing Connect is changing.

From 12pm on Friday 28th June, Colony 47 will no longer deliver any Housing Connect programs.

Housing Connect services are still available and will be delivered by Anglicare, CatholicCare, Hobart City Mission, and Wintringham.

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