The 'Surviving or Thriving?' Forum was organised to provide information on the current state of older persons housing and the needs of older people who are at risk of homelessness. A number of worrying trends are developing that require urgent action by governments: Significant increases in older people just surviving in the private rental market; no new affordable housing supply after the completion of Nation Building funds; poor connections between older persons housing needs and aged care services in the home; and only 1% of homelessness service funds directed to the needs of a vulnerable ageing population.
For further reading and presentations made at the 'Surviving or Thriving' Forum, click on the header above.
Home at Last - The importance of home and community for older people
The Home at Last Forum held on Thursday 18th April 2013 provided information to the community and housing, aged care and community agencies about the issues facing older people at risk of homelessness. The forum presented the latest research and discussed progress of the Home at Last ‐ Older Persons Housing Information & Support Service, a Homelessness Innovations Action Project funded by the Victorian Government. The forum also heard directly from a panel of older people and viewed a short film on how a secure and affordable home had created individual health and well-being whilst building a strong community for these residents.
Securing Our Future: Retirement in Residential Parks in Victoria
On Thursday 12 July 2012 Housing for the Aged Action Group with sponsorship byMornington Peninsula Shire, held a forum titled – "Securing Our Future: Retirement in Residential Parks in Victoria". The themes for the day were of two key concerns voiced by residents and site tenants noted through our extensive work within this area of housing: security of tenure and resident/management relations.