Housing for the Aged Action Group welcomes all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities to access our housing services, to participate in our organisation and our campaigns for housing justice, and to work with us.

We strive to do so in an inclusive and respectful way and provide a welcoming and safe environment. HAAG does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, intersex variation or sexual orientation. As part of our commitment to LGBTI diversity and inclusion we are working towards the Rainbow Tick accreditation.

Latest Updates and Events from HAAG's LGBTI Projects

The public perception of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is largely one of a young, affluent community. However, the reality is that within the LGBTI community, a large  share of LGBTI adults are older, of low-socioeconomic status and at risk of homelessness. LGBTI elders are more likely to live in poverty and experience homelessness, compared to the mainstream population due to both the complexity of their experiences and difficulty accessing services.

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3 Mar 2021

Housing for the Aged Action Group invites LGBTI people over the age of 50 to share their experiences, concerns and knowledge around housing for Older LGBTI people in an online meeting.

25 Feb 2021

Housing for the Aged Action Group invites LGBTI people over the age of 50 to share their experiences, concerns and knowledge around housing for Older LGBTI people. Our first post lockdown face-to-face meeting!
 

Out of the Closet, Out of Options - LGBTI housing (part 1)

14 Oct 2020
To coincide with World Homelessness Day, we launched two reports on older LGBTI and housing - our own "Out of the Closet Out of Options" report and a report by the Australian Association of Gerontology.Shane introduces Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ people Ro Allen, Switchboard Victoria CEO Joe Ball and Fiona York who discuss the reports findings.You can read the report here: https://www.oldertenants.org.au/sites/default/files/out_of_the_closet_out_of_options_-_final_report_october_2020.pdf Next week: Part 2 with Tonye Segbedzi from Australian Association of Gerontology and Buzz Rainbowwolf
Listen in on 3cr.org.au

This report presents the findings of a study of the housing experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) older people in Victoria, undertaken by Housing for the Aged Action Group.

It aims to begin to bridge the critical gap in research by identifying the current housing circumstances and concerns of LGBTI older Victorians. We hope that the findings can be used to better inform research, policy and best practice and improve sector and policy responses surrounding older LGBTI people and Housing in order to reduce the number of LGBTI older people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

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Community Education Sessions

In partnership with LGBTI organisations, the LGBTI Elders housing project uses early intervention methods to improve the ability of older LGBTI people to navigate the housing and homelessness systems and avoid a housing crisis. Our program involves developing and delivering LGBTI appropriate community education material that is informed through consultation with older LGBTI people and delivered by LGBTI community leaders. The community education session and resources:
 

  • Inform LGBTI elders of their housing options and paths to access a safe, affordable and long-term home.
  • Highlight the warning signs that may lead to homelessness and give older LGBTI people practical tips on how to recognise these signs, well before a crisis.
  • Prevent older LGBTI people from becoming homeless following an unexpected life event e.g. family breakdown.
  • Link older LGBTI people into HAAG for support.
  • Ensure early referrals of older LGBTI people at risk of homelessness, so they can avoid a crisis.

LGBTI community reference group

The LGBTI reference group brings together older representatives from the LGBTI community to identify and address barriers and issues relating to accessing housing and homelessness services and maintaining secure and affordable housing. The group aims improve the ability for older LGBTI people to navigate the housing and homelessness system and avoid a housing crisis. For further information  email: rebecca.walton@oldertenants.org.au

Steering Committee

The steering committee overseeing this project include:
Tonye Segbedzi (Australian Association of Gerontology), Pauline Crameri (Val’s LGBTI ageing and aged care), Brenda Appleton (Transgender Victoria) , Ada Castle (Switchboard Victoria) Toby Bolton (Thorne Harbour Health), Fiona York (HAAG), Rebecca Walton (HAAG)

In addition to community education, our steering committee continues our joint advocacy to increase appropriate housing options and improve the system response to older LGBTI people across the homelessness and aged care sectors.

Resources for LGBTI Older People

Below are some additional resources that LGBTI older people may find useful

VALS LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care
Victorian state-wide program working to improve healthy ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people.

Q-Life (Switchboard Victoria)
Free, anonymous and confidential LGBTI phoneline and webchat Ring for a chat or to find referrals or more information.
Call 1800 184 527

Out and about program (Switchboard Victoria)
Statewide service providing regular catch ups for LGBTI people at risk of social isolation, eligibility: people accessing or waiting for a Home Care Package or living in residential aged care

Rainbow Door (Switchboard Victoria)
Free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family
Call 1800 729 367

Thorne Harbour Health (THH)
Victoria's leading LGBTI health service specialising in, HIV prevention, mental health, housing, family violence and drug and alcohol support
Call 1800 134 840

Housing Plus (THH)
A state-wide Victorian program that supports people living with HIV and the LGBTI community to seek and maintain safe, secure and affordable housing
Email housing@thorneharbour.org

Rainbow Connections (THH)
Peer connections for older LGBTI people

Transgender Victoria (TGV)
Victoria's leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy, training, and resource development in

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
Improving the experience of ageing through connecting research, policy and practice.

Senior's Rights Victoria
Helpline-information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse
Call 1300 368 821

VincentCare
VincentCare is a rainbow tick specialist housing and homelessness service that supports people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing a housing crisis.
Call 03 9611 9200

Carers Victoria
Rainbow tick organisation representing and providing support to carers in Victoria.
Call 1800 514 845

Matrix Guild
An advocacy and support group for older lesbians who provide information on accommodation options and manage some social housing properties

LGBTI+ Elders dance group
Free monthly social event, learn new dances, and interact with other LGBTI elders and allies.

Community Visitor Programs
List and links to the current CVS Auspices providing LGBTI specific services.

Alice’s Garage
A national project empowering LGBTI elders and promoting healthy LGBTI ageing in Australia

Silver Rainbow
National coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders and the ongoing delivery of the LGBTI awareness training to the aged care sector

Drummond Street
A not for profit community service organisation with a range of services including counselling and support services for older LGBTI people