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Johan Scheffer MP, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, congratulated HAAG on it's policy platform. Scheffer also provided us with an extract from the Labor Platform of the Housing Policy.

Read Scheffer's letter and the ALP Housing Policy  (352 MB)


Homelessness and poverty don't discriminate. Sophie Quick from the Big Issue spoke to three older women who have found circumstances stacked against them.

This article ran in the Big Issue in June 2014.  The Big Issue:  http://www.thebigissue.org.au/blog/2014/08/01/an-age-old-problem/

Read the story on the Big Issue Blog.

Download the article by Sophie Quick as a pdf. (1.17 MB)


Watch HAAG member Alma and Jenny Smith from CHP in an interview on a Channel 9 breakfast show. Friday 9th May 2014.

Watch the interview


In HAppenings, the monthly newsletter of Homelessness Australia, Q and A talks with Jeff Fiedler, from Housing for the Aged Action Group Inc (HAAG),  about all things 'older persons' homelessness.

READ the INTERVIEW as it appeared online in HAppenings, 28th April, 2014

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Victoria’s public housing shortage has worsened, with more than 1000 people being added to the waiting list.
There were 35,027 people on the public housing waiting list in the March quarter, up from 33,916 in the December quarter, according to state figures released on Thursday.
The 3.3 per cent increase comes after the state government pledged to renovate 9500 public housing properties over five years. But the plan has been criticised for not including funding for new properties to meet the growing demand.

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Published in the Age, Friday 25th April. Steve Lillebuen


The Age Monday April 14 2014

Editorial

The number of Victorian households waiting for public housing, about 34,000, is at the lowest level since 2007. This reflects a fairly consistent, declining trend since the Coalition came to government in 2010. Such improvements, generally, are to be welcomed. As the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has said, getting people into secure accommodation, a place they can call ''home'', helps improve their health and education, their links to the broader community and their employment prospects.

The government is building about 160 public housing sites at New Norlane outside Geelong, a program announced in 2011. However, in a damning report in 2012, the Auditor-General found the state's public housing situation was ''critical''. There was no long-term strategic plan for managing the properties and about 14 per cent were virtually obsolete.

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"Older women's pathways out of homelessness in Australia" was launched on 14 April 2014 by  the Hon. Anna Bligh, CEO YWCA NSW.

There is strong anecdotal evidence that a growing group of people becoming homeless in Australia are women aged over 55.

The Mercy Foundation commissioned a research report from the University of Queensland to investigate this issue and look at possible solutions to the problem. Dr Maree Petersen and Dr Cameron Parsell undertook the research.

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The report is available from the Mercy Foundation website or

Download report  here.


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