Raise the Roof Podcasts

HAAGs radio show Raise the Roof airs at 5:30pm every second Wednesday 3CR Community Radio 855AM. The show explores the latest in housing issues, older people and tenants rights.

It Takes A (Retirement) Village

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
With the Vic government continuing its review of the Retirement Villages Act, Fiona and Shane talk to Katherine Temple from the Consumer Action Law Centre about retirement villages - what are the problems in the industry, and what needs to change?

Big Housing For Who?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Katelyn Butterss from the Victorian Public Tenants Association talks to Shane and Fiona about the Vic government's so-called 'big housing spend' and proposed ten-year housing strategy- the good, the bad, and the just plain missing in the state's housing policy. The consultation discussed in this episode is now closed, but you can read more about it and follow future progress here. If you need advice or assistance from the VPTA, you can call 1800 015 510 or email enquiries@vpta.org.au. And you can find out more about HAAG at our website, oldertenants.org.au.

International Women's Day Special

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Fiona welcomes Pam Young back to the show, and chats to Kobi Maglen on this International Women's Day special. We hear about the disparity in retirement incomes for older women, which leaves them in poverty and at risk of homelessness in their later years. We chat about Pam's experiences in growing up in public housing in the 1950's. And we hear a recording from the late Molly Hadfield, a feminist activist and one of our earliest members, talking about what it means to have safe and well connected housing.

Save Public Housing - Big Housing Build announcement

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Fiona and Shane talk to David Kelly from RMIT's Centre for Urban Research about what the Victorian Government's so-called "Big Housing Build" means for the future of public housing.

Building Better Homes n

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Shane and Fiona interview Alistair Webster about the Building Better Homes coalition, and their campaign to change the Building Code so that all new homes are built to be accessible for everyone. We talk about universal housing design, why its important and what you can do to lobby building ministers from across Australia.Check out Building Better Homes @BetterHomesAussign on to the petition: www.change.org.au/BetterHomes

Peer Education - its a HAAG tradition

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Fiona and Shane talk to Rebecca Cook about our peer education program, and how important it is to have people with an experience of housing stress and homelessness talking to older people about their experiences. Peer education has been part of HAAG's tradition for years, and when older people share their personal stories it helps reduce stigma about homelessness. We are expanding our program, funded through the Melbourne Women's Fund.Shane gives an update on legislative reform, and Fiona talks about a new campaign to improve building standards for housing.

Older Women and Homelessness in NSW

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Older Women and Homelessness forum was held in NSW in November 2020.Hosted by Jo Haylen MP (Seniors), with guests Trish Doyle (Shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic Violence), and Ryan Park (Health, Housing and Homelessness), this recording features Kobi Maglen presenting on behalf of HAAG, and we also hear from The Hon. Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner. Meagan Lawson (COTA NSW), Beverly Baker (OWN NSW) and Katherine McKernan (Homelessness NSW)

The power of storytelling - national alliance of seniors for housing

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Shane and Fiona talk to Leonie Bessant about the collection of stories from older people in housing stress from across the country. The stories have been collected over the last three years, and published in the National Alliance of Seniors For Housing newsletter. Shane and Fiona also reflect on the year that was 2020

Hits and memories 2020

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Shane and Fiona revisit the highlights of the year, starting with the East Gippsland bushfires, the start of the pandemic, the hard lock down of public housing towers and finishing with reminiscing about the housing activism of the 1980s with Jeff Fiedler.

Public vs Community housing - Tenants compare experiences

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Shane and Fiona speak to Claire Hurren about her report that compares the experiences of tenants living in public and community housing. What difference does having a Community Housing Provider as a landlord make? How do tenants understand and exercise their rights? You can read the full report here:https://www.oldertenants.org.au/publications/public-and-community-housing-comparing-the-rights-and-experiences-older-tenantsThe release of this research coincided with a big State Government announcement of building new social housing - most of which is community, not public, housing - and we discuss the implications of government policy to move away from public housing.