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NSW Ageing on the Edge Forum is a coalition of over 70 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.
  • 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 comprises of:

Community Housing Industry Association of NSW logo  Council of the Aged NSW logo  Housing for the Aged Action Group logo  Mercy Foundation logo  Uniting Logo  Mission Australia logo  Womens Housing Company Logo

Older Womens Network NSW logo   Womens Electoral Lobby logo

Action Updates

7 Mar 2022

With over 400,000 women over the age of 45 at risk of homelessness, the provision of affordable, long-term housing for women is vital to prevent even more older women from falling into homelessness. On the other hand, younger women are finding it more difficult to secure a foothold in the Australian dream of owning a home.

This situation has to change, and with the upcoming federal election, now is the time to understand the connection between housing and gender equality; and why without affordable, long-term housing, women will continue to lag behind.

Based on widespread consultation with older people and the community sector , the Ageing on the Edge Forum has developed policy recommendations that are critical to addressing the needs of older people facing housing stress and homelessness in NSW.

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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