The horrifying circumstances inside a boarding house have been captured on shocking video, to the point where vulnerable people would prefer sleep on the streets or in a tent.
Flint House is a privately-owned crisis boarding home in northern Hobart where unhoused persons of all ages, including the elderly and families with young children, pay up to $450 per fortnight for a roof over their heads.
Alison Dunning was so outraged by the conditions that she videotaped a tour of the facility, now called as New Town Accommodation, because she had family members living there with children.
The three-minute movie is any landlord’s worst nightmare, as the property is coated with mold and graffiti and the living quarters are littered with trash, damaged furniture, broken fixtures, general clutter, and abandoned possessions, such as clothing and toys.
A tour of the ‘improved’ communal bathroom facilities reveals damaged, feces-filled toilets, unclean shower stalls, overflowing sinks, cracked tiles, and a used syringe laying on the floor among underwear and towels.
Families with children pay a maximum of $450 a week to reside in these rooms at Flint House.
flint house is a place for the homeless to stay, including women, men, children, and the elderly. The owner knows everything that goes on inside the house, and no one is safe or allowed to live here with children. The Tasmanian government is aware of this house and what goes on there. The owner does not provide any assistance to the homeless; she simply collects rent.
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The bedrooms are also uninhabitable, with furniture overturned and the floor strewn in abandoned items.
As she enters the building, Ms. Dunning continues, “This is the situation in which children and adults must live.”
How are children, much alone adults, expected to survive in this environment? There is much to demonstrate.’
Ms. Dunning can be heard vomiting repeatedly upon entering the premises.
‘Oh my f*****g God, it stinks, folks, it’s awful. “I’ve never seen anyone with their faculties intact,” she remarked.
“All right, I’m getting out of there”
Ms. Dunning’s decision between living on the streets and in Flint House was simple.
She stated, “This is not suitable for any human in any way, shape, or form.”
I’ve never been so disgusted. I have been homeless and will continue to live on the streets; do not enter Flint House.
The ‘upgraded’ common bathroom facilities comprised toilets that were damaged and dirty (pictured)
“How is this acceptable for children?” No women, children, or anything else should reside in this structure.
“This is obviously an empty room, but I wouldn’t sleep in it; I’d rather sleep in a tent.”
She demanded intervention from the authorities and asserted that youngsters under the care of the Child Safety Service were residing there.
She captioned the video, “No one is safe here, the Tasmanian government knows about this house and what goes on in flint house.”
This issue must be addressed so that the homeless can live in a safe, clean environment.
On the bathroom floor, littered with underwear and towels, a syringe was discovered.
Since then, the TikTok video has gone viral and provoked significant criticism.
“Oh, my God!” That is revolting! one woman posted a message.
Viewers were divided as to whether the proprietors or the inhabitants were at fault.
One added, “This is so disgraceful and disgusting, but if there are people living there, they should do their best to clean it up.”
If the residents cleaned up after themselves and respected the property, then the owners may be prepared to repair and maintain the property. But if it will continue to be damaged, disregarded, etc., then what’s the point?’
Even though the boarding home is privately held, Alison Dunning called on the Tasmanian government to interfere
Ms. Dunning responded to the contradictory comments.
She commented, “I expect the people who pay to live here to have a much better, cleaner environment, and I expect the owners to be able to assist them.”
New Town Accommodation has been approached by Daily Mail Australia for comment.
Online, the facility is touted as ‘crisis housing with private rooms, free Wi-Fi, and continental breakfasts, as well as ‘upgraded’ common bathing facilities and access to industrial kitchens and cooking spaces.
The Tasmanian housing minister’s spokesperson told The Mercury that the government could not respond because the property is privately owned.
Three years ago, Flint House was sold for slightly under $1,115 million.
Alison Dunning was appalled by the awful conditions in which Flint House’s families with young children were living. One of the chambers is illustrated.