HAAG’s national five year Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project is now in its fourth year. It began in 2016, with engagement with services across Australia and starting the process of understanding the issues facing older people in other states and territories. The main aim of the project is to increase awareness of older persons housing issues across Australia, work towards improving older persons housing and make sure there is better availability of services that can help them obtain affordable housing. We are have released reports into the housing circumstances for older people in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, NSW and Victoria, and have built networks in every state.
HAAG commenced working with LGBTI services on a housing project for older LGBTI people. It is overseen by a steering committee that includes Switchboard, Val's Ageing and Aged Care, Transgender Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health and Australian Association of Gerontology's LGBTI working group. The aim of the project is early intervention to prevent homelessness amongst older LGBTI people, and joint advocacy to improve housing options and services for older LGBTI people.
The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has commissioned an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework for older people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan). This is part of the work towards realising the Aged Care Diversity Framework’s vision that “All older people experience a high-quality aged care system that ensures equitable access and outcomes and embraces their diverse characteristics and life experiences”. The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee is responsible for development of the Homelessness Action Plan.
From December 2018 to June 2019, Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) worked with a Reference Group and the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group to develop the Homelessness Action Plan. In November 2019, the draft Action Plan was endoresed by the Aged Care Sector Committee.
CALD Communities Connecting for Housing Justice
HAAG worked with community leaders to deliver information sessions to seniors from culturally diverse backgrounds who are isolated and at risk of homelessness. HAAG delivers information sessions as part of this project. We established a diversity reference group to advise HAAG in its policies, procedures and media work as well as encouraging people from CALD backgrounds to become members of HAAG.
A Home for Diversity: Building the capacity of homelessness services to meet the needs of older culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians
A Home for Diversity was a 6 month project that will increase the capacity of homelessness services to work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The project provided training to housing workers, particularly those who work with older people.
Independent Voices: Collecting & recording the experiences of residents of Independent living Units in Victoria
In 2016, HAAG delivered a project which explored the experiences of residents living in not-for-profit retirement villages in the northern metropolitan area and the Loddon Mallee and Grampians regions.
A collaboration between Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) and Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG). The project is a response to an increasing awareness of housing issues for older migrant and refugee communities.