South Australia

South Australia has been a key focus of the Ageing on the Edge project during the first year. Due to a fantastic partnership with Council on the Ageing South Australia (COTASA) we have been conducting research on the state of housing for older people in South Australia. COTASA has organised an Older Persons Housing Roundtable that includes representatives of government and not-for-profit organisations to collaborate on tackling the issues facing older people at risk of homelessness.

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A report released today based on the latest 2016 Census is showing a rapidly rising number of older people at risk of homelessness in South Australia. This research, a partnership between Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) and funded by The Wicking Trust, has found that a significant number of older people in the private rental market in South Australia are living in housing poverty. 
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Fiona York is presenting to the 4th International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land about HAAG's Multicultural Community Work projects.

This has so far culminated in a research phase looking at the latest data on older renters in South Australia, with a focus on the private rental sectors. A report is being prepared that will soon be provided to the Roundtable and then later released publicly.

Two of the early findings of the research include: There are areas of significant housing poverty being experienced by older people in the private rental market. Our research has found there are 5000 people aged 65 and over paying more than 30% of their income in rent in the greater Adelaide metropolitan region.

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Secondly, there are many fantastic services that are providing housing and related assistance to older people in South Australia. However, many services report that the service systems are quite fragmented and streamlining the way older people can get housing help could make a significant difference to the lives if older people at risk of homelessness.

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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