Tasmania's peak housing and homelessness body has urged caution for those in the community coming forward with proposals to address the issue within the state.
Shelter Tas executive officer Pattie Chugg said the group shared the concern of many people around the "chronic" shortage of affordable homes in Tasmania - some of whom were offering ideas for short term accommodation.
But any ideas needed to be tested against long term outcomes and the potential for unintended consequences, she added.
"For any short term crisis housing options to be effective they must be linked to support, if needed, and to realistic opportunities for obtaining a long term home," Ms Chugg said. "Otherwise there will be no end in sight for the housing crisis that confronts us in Tasmania."
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The comments come after a Launceston-based homelessness group announced Wednesday it was raising money to buy 40 capsule sleeping pods from a hotel.
The pods could be placed on existing property and rented out at an affordable rate or provided for those in need, Strike It Out Inc, Feeding the Homeless Launceston founder Kirsten Ritchie explained.
City of Launceston council mayor Albert Van Zetten said the council had not yet seen details of the Strike It Out Inc proposal but was "open to a conversation with the proponents to provide any advice that may be useful".
He added that while homelessness services where predominantly provided by the state government, the council was investigating what steps it could take - including access to additional services such as storage, end of trip facilities, showers and other amenities.
Housing Minister Roger Jaensch noted that all key stakeholders need to play their part to address housing stress and reduce homelessness.
"I meet with stakeholders in the sector regularly, and I am always open to hearing about new ideas and innovative solutions to address these issues," Mr Jaensch said.
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