Following on from the success of the At Risk forum in 2021 which mobilised hundreds of older people across the country to take action and demand change from their federal politicians, Housing for the Aged Action Group and the National Alliance of Seniors for Housing are taking the next steps to bring the campaigns demands to the federal election. We can’t afford another three years of inaction while older people are the fastest growing group experiencing homelessness in this country.
HAAG welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Queensland Government of measures to address older women’s homelessness, as part of their overall Housing and Homelessness Action Plan 2021-2025. A new housing and support hub model will be developed to assist older women, providing a “single entry point”, and taking an early intervention and prevention approach.
A new report by the Ageing on the Edge NSW Forum is advocating for the NSW Government to adopt the Home at Last program running in Victoria, which provides advice, support and advocacy for older people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The report recommends a comprehensive approach based the tried and tested model in Victoria which has been operating since 2012.
There is real momentum for change to address older person's homelessness across the country. Our voices are powerful. People speaking out and asking decision makers for action can shift government policy to improve housing outcomes for older people as a priority. This toolkit provides some tips for influencing your federal representatives