The end of homelessness (?)
Street homelessness could be eliminated in Victoria within 10 years if the government spent less than $15 million a year on new homes and support, the state's peak homelessness body says. Click here to read more.
Home at Last - Older persons Housing Information and Support service
HAAG has been successful in tendering for the provision of a new service funded by the Department of Human Services. Called "Home at Last" the service provides a Victoria wide central contact point for older people who are at risk of homelessness. The service assists older people who live in insecure, unsafe or inappropriate housing with a major focus on addressing the plight of thousands of older people struggling to survive in private rental housing.
We are pleased that the Victorian government has acknowledged there is a wide range of older people experiencing housing difficulties in our community and that this is a huge issue for any older person who has not obtained secure housing by the time they have reached retirement age.
The service ensures that as many older people as possible obtain housing information and advice and linking them in to appropriate, specialist support services and housing providers. As the shortage of affordable housing is a fundamental barrier to many older people obtaining a decent home one of the key approaches will be homelessness prevention and early intervention strategies that encourage older people to plan ahead and maximise their contact with housing options that may be suitable to them.
Telephone number for Home at Last: 1300 765 178
Click on the image below to down load the Home At Last brochure (3.75 MB)
A report by Kath Dolan appeared in The Age Domain section on Saturday 11th August 2012.
Read the article >>here.