Our research and development project in Queensland is well under way. So far Debbie Faulkner has been developing some of our fundamental research based on key census data on homelessness and housing stress and Jeff Fiedler has been getting to know government housing policies, community housing sector and meeting many older people at risk of homelessness.

Our project in Queensland is kindly supported by COTA Queensland and we have found many great alliances with organisations such as Shelter Queensland and Tenants Queensland. We will continue our research phase towards the end of 2019 and into 2020 with a report produced in the near future.

If you are an older person living in Queensland and would like to have your say please contact Jeff at jeff.fiedler@oldertenants.org.au. Jeff is also keen to speak to community housing providers and homelessness support services so if your agency would like to participate in the research please get in touch with Jeff who is now traveling to Queensland regularly and is keen to meet and hear your views.

Action Updates

The patterns and circumstances of low income older non- homeowners identified in this report indicate that Queensland is no exception to the national trends on homelessness and the risk of homelessness for the older population. Overall homelessness in Queensland is rising and the older age groups are increasingly contributing to this growth. Unlike in other states where older people affected by homelessness and marginally housed are concentrated in
the metropolitan capital, in Queensland greater numbers are found in regional Queensland.

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The national Ageing on the Edge Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project is soon to release its report on the housing crisis facing a growing number of older people in Queensland.

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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