Home for Good: Social Housing for an Ageing Population

In this policy brief, we turn our attention to Australia’s social housing sector. In the context of declining home ownership and growing housing insecurity among older Australians, we ask whether social housing can provide these three critical functions of home as we age: Asset: Rather than financial equity, the real asset in relation to housing is security of tenure, enabling choice and control of your living circumstancesand how you live your life. Gateway: Good homes connect us to others and to our community, critical to reducing loneliness and isolation. Expression: Home is where we express and evolve our identity. Having control over our space and being able to invest in ‘place’ enables us to form stronger and more congruent identities.
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