The Ageing on the Edge project has been working with Council in the Ageing WA and a reference group of key WA agencies and individuals to produce a report on the rapidly growing housing problems facing many older people in WA. The report, "One Rent Increase from Disaster", was released in August 2019. As well as highlighting the issues, the report also identifies solutions to address the vital housing and service responses needed to help older people in WA who are struggling in poverty, hardship and at constant risk of homelessness.
The WA Government is currently developing affordable housing and homelessness strategies. We strongly urge the government to incorporate the key recommendations in this report into these strategies. The Federal Government must also support the WA Government in these initiatives as it has a central role in the funding and provision of affordable housing and responses to homelessness.
Ageing on the Edge is a project of Housing for the Aged Action Group, University of Adelaide and the Wicking Trust