With rising rental costs, more than 80,000 people on the public housing waiting list, and retirement housing residents subject to unfair charges and dodgy operators, how will the policies and election promises of the major parties address these crisis?
"For many years older people at risk of homelessness in the rental market have been discriminated against and severely neglected by the aged care system. The main factor that has caused this problem is a policy framework and aged care service practices that are based on the broad assumption that older people own their own home and, as assets based financial contributors, are more valued than older renters."
The National Older Persons Housing Network Organising Committee has held two meetings with 10-15 people participating in each meeting with four states represented. The aims of the Network are to bring together older people from across Australia to become a housing lobby group for older people and by older people at a national level.