The Tenants Union of Tasmania has highlighted the struggle faced by Newstart recipients to secure affordable rental properties.
The union will argue its case of the level of Newstart payments before a Senate committee at a hearing in Launceston on Friday.
It will be joined by representatives from City Mission, St Vincent de Paul Tasmania, Salvation Army, Colony 47, George Town Neighbourhood House, and the TasCOSS.
Tenants Union of Tasmania solicitor Ben Bartl said there had been 18 per cent rise in households entering the rental market over the past decade, from 45,600 in 2006 to more than 54,000 in 2016. "In the period 2008-18, public housing stock dropped from 11,618 to 7005," he said.
"While that has been offset by the growth of the community housing sector, resulting in a net increase of social housing stock, it has not been proportionate to the growth of the rental market overall."
Mr Bartl said median rents had increased by more than 30 per cent in the South and by more than 15 per cent in the North from 2016 to 2019.
He said Anglicare Tasmania's Rental Affordability Snapshot this year showed there were no affordable rental properties in the state for a person on a Youth Allowance payment and just eight affordable rental properties for people on Newstart or the Family Tax Benefit.
These properties were located in Queenstown and Rosebery.
Mr Bartl said 16,808 Tasmanian households received Rent Assistance last year and of those 21.6 per cent received Newstart.