Surviving or Thriving?

5 Jun 2014

This forum will highlight the latest evidence, information from older people about their current housing circumstances and provide an opportunity to take direct action on HAAG’s campaign towards housing justice for older people.

Forum program includes:

  • Opening address by the Minister for Housing, Hon. Wendy Lovell
  • The latest academic research on older people at risk of homelessness by Dr. Wendy Stone and Dr. Maree Petersen
  • You will hear directly from older people’s experience involved with the launch of HAAG’s state election campaign
  • Participation in an action workshop and send a direct message from the Forum to state and federal governments

Dr. Maree Petersen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland 

Preventing first time homelessness amongst older Australians

Older people’s homelessness is distinctive.  An important feature of older people’s homelessness is the pattern of older people who experience homelessness for the first time in later life.  A recent national study of older people’s homelessness in Australia found that just under 70% of the sample of 561 had a conventional housing history.  Of particular interest is that a significant proportion of this group were at risk of homelessness given they were unable to continue living with family.  The reasons behind these critical housing incidents were complex and will be discussed in this presentation.

Dr. Wendy Stone, Director, AHURI Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology

A changing private rental sector – implications for older tenants

In light of increasing housing affordability pressures and a highly targeted social housing sector, over 1.8 million Australian households now call the private rental sector ‘home’, and many of these will do so long-term. Yet the private rental sector can be precarious, unaffordable and inaccessible. In this talk, latest research about the ‘new’ private rental sector that has evolved in recent years, its problems, and the place of older tenants within it, are discussed.