Residents in registered Caravan and Residential Parks will now have access to the Energy and Water Ombudsman (EWOV) complaint and dispute resolution scheme from the 1st of July 2018. This is particularly good news, as prior to this residents had very little information or support in how to resolve or even approach embedded network disputes with operators. See link for more information
The Ageing on the Edge NSW Forum has developed from the Ageing on the Edge Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project Reference Group. The Forum was convened in May 2018 to seek implementation of the key recommendations in the report, determine other key housing issues that need to be addressed for older people in NSW and work collaboratively towards achieving the Forum’s aims.
Melbourne based Housing Support organisation Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) welcome Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement of 14,000 extra aged care home packages. The government’s sentiments that it is better for a person’s wellbeing to receive support in their own home than to go into aged care aligns with HAAG’s goal of assisting older people to maintain independent living in their community of choice.
However, the group believe that there is something crucial missing from this announcement (and the budget in general). That’s Older Private Renters.
The Ageing on the Edge - Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project is extending HAAG’s work across Australia. In response to rapidly increasing housing problems facing older people, the project aims to raise awareness and improve services and housing for older people at risk of homelessness. The project made it into the National Housing Conference edition of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) journal Housing Works. Read the full article here
Each month StreetSmart supporters come together to support a grassroots homelessness project through fundraising.
This month Street Smart is raising money for HAAG's work with older women in NSW. Street Smart says,
"Older women are particularly vulnerable and are the fastest growing demographic of people experiencing homelessness. Older women are poorer than men their age, less able to maintain homeownership and less able to compete in the private rental market. Having spent their younger years in more unpaid work - many women lack superannuation in later years and are dependent on meager Aged Pension to get by".
Organisations are asked to encourage their members to fundraise and match the funds that are raised.
This has raised over 4 million dollars for 1418 homelessness projects across the country- with 100% of the funds raised going directly to projects.
On the 13th of January, Minister for Housing Martin Foley announced that the State Government would invest $45 million in housing services and housing, to tackle the state’s homelessness crisis. While Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) welcomes the focus on early intervention and pathways into long term housing, it would like to see more money invested into housing itself, so that services can offer long-term, rather than band aid solutions.