Housing for the Aged Action Group has responded to the call for submissions to the Victorian Inquiry into the Re-development of a number of public housing sites.
A number of recommendations are contained in the submissionincluding the following:
Tenants must be consulted meaningfully. Each tenant should receive a letter inviting them to consultation about the process. Given that many tenants may speak languages other than English or have low-level literacy, these letters should be delivered by an individual who can then sit down with the tenant and a telephone interpreter if necessary to explain its content. Translated letters are not enough.
Advocates (non-DHHS) are employed to work with every tenant about their housing and relocation needs, including planning for the type of housing stock and the design of their new homes.
Tenants are moved into new stock that is built on the property- reducing disturbance such as having to relocate schools, find new health care providers etc.
Representatives of an independent advocacy service should be on-site on a daily basis and available to answer any questions tenants have
The national Ageing on the Edge – Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project is holding a half day forum on the renting crisis facing older people in NSW. The forum will include the latest research on older renters in NSW and hear from older people and advocates about the housing challenges faced by older people on low incomes. Attendees are invited to work towards solutions. Morning tea will be provided.
The Victorian Ombudsman has been investigating the Office of Housing’s debt enforcement policy and have found that the Office of Housing (OOH) has failed to meet the obligations of a social landlord. The OOH has now agreed to major changes that will have a big, beneficial impact for many of our clients...
Housing for the Aged Action Group, a Victorian organisation working to improve conditions for older renters, welcomed news of major changes to the state’s rental laws over the weekend. The Andrews Government will ban no-reason notices to vacate, allow tenants to keep pets, and introduce a Residential Tenancies Commissioner to make it easier to resolve minor disputes.
HAAG's next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 16th November 2017. Here we will present our 2016-2017 Annual report and elect our new Committee of Managment. A light lunch will be provided so if you'd like to come along please register your attendance for catering by calling us on 03 9654 7389 or by emailing email@example.com
A report released today based on the latest 2016 Census is showing a rapidly rising number of older people at risk of homelessness in South Australia. This research, a partnership between Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) and funded by The Wicking Trust, has found that a significant number of older people in the private rental market in South Australia are living in housing poverty. Read the Summary ReportRead the Full Report