Building 60,000 new social housing homes, an improved definition of ‘affordable housing’, tackling discrimination in the private rental market, and improving security of tenure are recommendations from the Inquiry into the Rental and Housing Affordability Crisis in Victoria that will help protect older Victorians from homelessness.
The Victorian Government’s Housing Statement fails to take the steps necessary to address the housing crisis facing more than 180,000 older Victorians and contains too little investment in public housing, according to Housing for the Aged Action Group.
On Monday 7 August the Federal Government published an issues paper for the 10 year National Housing and Homelessness Plan. This Plan will be developed in 2023 and is expected to be released in 2024. It is important opportunity to achieve the changes for older renters and people experiencing homelessness. Making a submission helps to inform decision makers about the situation for older people who can't afford rent, and put pressure on them to implement real solutions to the issues we face.
HAAG supports the YES vote in the Voice to Parliament Referendum. The Referendum gives us the opportunity to formally acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice being enshrined in the Constitution.
A delegation of older people impacted by the housing crisis is visiting Parliament House in Canberra today to demand better for Australians as they age. They arrive in Canberra with new research that shows increasing numbers of older people are retiring with mortgage debt or living in private rental. Staggeringly, more than 227,000 older Australians on low incomes living in private rental, are paying unaffordable levels of rent. It’s taking a toll on the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of a large and growing amount of Australians as they age
The housing crisis is disproportionately impacting on some of the most disadvantaged people in our society. Despite the media’s attempt to pit the generations against each other with “boomer vs millennial” tropes, home ownership in this country is largely determined by intergenerational wealth transfer, rather than age. Yet often, the impact of the housing crisis on older people is hidden from view. This article by HAAG Executive office Fiona York was originally published in Chain Reaction.