HAAG & HOW at the Gold Coast Housing Symposium

The Gold Coast Homelessness Symposium is an event put on by the Gold Coast Homelessness network, an active group of service providers and individuals who are working towards solutions for the housing crisis in their region. In March 2024, organisers invited Fiona York as key note speaker at their symposium "Housing older Australians – Now and into the future", where she presented the data from HAAG's Ageing in a housing crisis report.

Other speakers included Lynette Loffel from the Housing Older Women's Movement, National Shelter, Gold Coast Shire, Queensland Shelter, and care finders from Footprints and Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast. HAAG's film, featuring four older women at risk of homelessness, was played along with a short interview with Footprint's Housing Older Women's Support Service.  

It was fantastic to see over 100 people in the room passionately discussion solutions to housing for older people, and the Gold Coast an emerging hot pot for older renters in Queensland, it cant come soon enough!

Fiona also caught up over a cuppa with members of the Housing Older Women Movement, Maggie, Di and Lynette. The Movement continues to grow, as does the housing crisis for older women, yet they will not be deterred! They are planning a series of workshops and seminars to co-design housing with a NZ expert in regenerative, citizen-led, non-speculative affordable housing, Zola Rose. They are seeking support with these events, so find out more by heading to their website housingolderwomen.org.au