NSW Ageing on the Edge Forum is a coalition of over 60 organisations and individual advocates. The members of the Forum include people with lived experience, advocates, service providers, peak bodies and private sector organisations working together to address housing and homelessness related issues of older people.
 
The Forum was originally convened as a Reference Group for the Ageing on the Edge Project that launched a report in 2017, ‘The Older I Get the Scarier It Becomes – Older People at Risk of Homelessness in NSW’.
 
As a coalition, we are asking the NSW Government to –

  • Fund a specialist older person’s housing information and support service that comprises of both early intervention and crisis response similar to the ‘Home at Last’ model in Victoria (information about the model attached).
  • Lower the priority age for social housing eligibility from 80 years as a matter of priority, and
  • Build 5,000 social and affordable homes per year for 10 years, 20% of which should be dedicated to older people.

The Coordination Group of the NSW Ageing on the Edge Forum meets monthly.

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Our submission calls on the NSW Government to  fund a specialist older person’s housing information and support service, lower the priority age for social housing eligibilityand build  5,000 social and affordable homes per year for 10 years, to address the older peoples housing crisis.

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New South Wales government handed down the State budget today. It was encouraging to see the additional investment to address rough sleeping in NSW with $57 million for Together Home program. However, it was disappointing to see the lack of investment on housing support for older people.

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Ageing on the Edge is a project of Housing for the Aged Action Group, University of Adelaide and the Wicking Trust