Housing Help for New Mums and Mums-To-Be Thu 13 September 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Children The Minister for Children, Michelle O'Byrne, today welcomed the launched a new supported accommodation service for young mothers and mothers-to-be in the Launceston area. Ms O'Byrne said as well as finding them a home, the Young Mums n' Bubs service will help develop parenting skills for young mums and mums-to-be aged 16 and 19 years. "This service is an investment in our future because it will support our young people and ensure their babies get the very best start in life," Ms O'Byrne said. "Young mums n' bubs will help look after child and maternal health, develop parenting and personal skills and provide these young people with a secure home." The medium to long-term accommodation service is a joint initiative between Karinya and UnitingCare, with Housing Tasmania providing up to eight units. Karinya will manage tenancy and UnitingCare will make its family support programs available to the tenants. Ms O'Byrne commended Karinya and UnitingCare for recognising and responding to the needs of young mothers and the Clarendon Children's Foundation for funding the program. "We cannot underestimate how important stable accommodation is in helping people play their part in the community, to keeping in good health and providing positive parenting," Ms O'Byrne said. "This initiative will help young mums in need to find a home and develop a support network at a critical time in their lives," Ms O'Byrne said. Young mums n' bubs tenants will sign 12-month tenancy leases with Housing Tasmania, Karinya and UnitingCare with the ultimate aim of transitioning to a standard public housing lease with Housing Tasmania.