New South Wales

The project has recently completed the first stage of its work in New South Wales where we found the most severe housing problems so far faced by older renters. The work in NSW was co-ordinated by a  Reference Committee organised by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations, Homelessness NSW and includes a number of key agencies who provided advice on our activities in NSW.

After we produced our report The Older I Get the Scarier It Becomes – Older People at Risk of Homelessness in NSW and launched it at the National Housing Conference on the 27th November 2017 the aim for 2018 is to engage with the NSW Government to seek the implementation of the key recommendations from the report. To this end the NSW Ageing on the Edge Reference Group will soon become a Working Group that will develop strategies for action. Thanks particularly to the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW for their ongoing support and action to auspice our work in NSW.

Action Updates

A new report from the Ageing on the Edge - Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project shows many older Australians are increasingly at risk of becoming homeless and spending more than half their pension and savings on rent. Seniors advocates are warning it's the beginning of a community crisis in Australia. Report by Sarah Farnsworth - Lateline.

In the lead up to Christmas, thousands of Sydney pensioners are surviving on less than $228 a week after forking out half their income on rents, a new report will reveal today.
 
The release of the Ageing on the Edge NSW report in Sydney today by the Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and University of Adelaide paints a dire picture of rental affordability for older Australians.

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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