As we age we need to ensure that our home is accessible, adaptable and well located to suit our retirement years. Affordability can also become an overriding factor as we consider how we will manage beyond our working years on a limited income or aged pension.

This information presents housing options for all older people in Victoria who don't own their own home.

As well as browsing the housing options below, you can also read and print out our Housing Options Booklet.

If you would like to speak to someone about your housing options call Home at Last on 1300 765 178 - Interpreters available

Housing for people with low incomes and assets

Public Housing
Community Housing
Movable Units

Retirement Housing

Retirement Housing is more than just retirement villages. There are also Independent Living Units, Residential Parks, Rental Parks and Caravan Parks, among others! But what are all these options, and how do you tell them apart? Browse through the options to find the housing thats relevant for you

Retirement Villages and Independent Living Units
Caravan Parks
Residential Parks and Villages
Rental Villages
Rooming Houses

Emergency housing

All of the above options can take a long time to organise and access. If you don’t have a safe place to live while you are looking for a permanent place to live it can be very difficult. Crisis Accommodation services might be able to help you if you are in this situation. They might be able to find a rooming house or hotel for you to live, and refer you to other organisations that are there to help. There are many people needing crisis accommodation, though, so the support they provide can be limited.

If you don’t have a safe place to live, are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, call 1800 825 955 or visit

For advice and assistance with contacting an emergency housing service you can call us on 1300 765 178.