New report: Australia needs to radically rethink its housing policy for ageing population

Date January 29, 2015 by Gareth Hutchens

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Article by Kenneth Davidson in The Age, Monday 26th January 2015

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis.

"Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments – state, federal, Labor and Coalition – to meet the basic shelter needs of the bottom 40 per cent of low-income households. According to the Productivity Commission's 2014 Report on Government Services, the proportion of low-income households in rental distress in Australia grew from 35 per cent in 2008 to 41 per cent in 2012....."

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 The 7.30 Report  on the ABC  rang the story  “Older Australian women becoming homeless at increasing rates” on Friday 9th January 2015.

Reporter: Amy Bainbridge.  More older Australian women are becoming homeless and advocacy groups say Federal Government funding cuts to the homeless sector will only make the problem worse. follow the link to the story with transcript:  

John Dagge, Herald Sun Business, January 03, 2015 

WHEN a series of health issues prompted John and Diana Davison to downsize from their Langwarrin family home, they initially considered buying a smaller stand-alone unit or moving into a traditional retirement village.

Instead, the retired accountant and schoolteacher settled on a portable factory-built home in a manufactured housing estate in Cranbourne, buying the house and securing a 90-year lease over the land.

“We looked at a retirement village but the people there were just too old for us, whereas here there are people who still work,” Diana, 70, tells BusinessDaily.

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Preventing Homelessness in Older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Project 2015. This exciting 12 month project is a joint initiative of HAAG (Housing and the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria.

To read further about the project,     click here.

The Seniors News, January 2015, had the following article "Older renters left to flounder, Senate told". The article reported on the Senate's inquiry into affordable housing and mentions a submission made by HAAG.

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