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.

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

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 Ageing on the Edge - HAAG's older persons homelessness prevention project, 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 full presentation is available here: https://fb.me/e/1Q26lkHij The Renters and Housing Union is holding an Eviction Defence Workshop Sat 16 January in Footscray.  Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3468397603215385 

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.  The stories have been published in a book and is available here:https://www.oldertenants.org.au/publications/seniors-for-housing-stories-older-people-experiencing-homelessness-and-housing-stressShane 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-tenants The 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.  

Housing news round up

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Shane and Fiona discuss recent news on the lack of investment in public housing in Victoria, the flawed Commonwealth Rent Assistance Scheme and NAIDOC week

Out of the Closet, Out of Options - LGBTI housing (part 2)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Shane and Fiona play the second part of a panel discussion on older LGBTI housing issues, from the Out of the Closet, Out of Options event for World Homelessness Day.  This time we hear from Tonye Segbedzi on her literature review which found very little research globally into the housing issues of older LGBTI people.  Then we hear from Buzz Rainbow Wolf who tells us about his experience in trying to build community in rural VictoriaThere is more information and the reports available here: https://www.oldertenants.org.au/events/out-the-closet-out-options-older-lgbti-people-risk-homelessness

Out of the Closet, Out of Options - LGBTI housing (part 1)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
To coincide with World Homelessness Day, we launched two reports on older LGBTI and housing - our own "Out of the Closet Out of Options" report and a report by the Australian Association of Gerontology.Shane introduces Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ people Ro Allen, Switchboard Victoria CEO Joe Ball and Fiona York who discuss the reports findings.You can read the report here: https://www.oldertenants.org.au/sites/default/files/out_of_the_closet_out_of_options_-_final_report_october_2020.pdf Next week: Part 2 with Tonye Segbedzi from Australian Association of Gerontology and Buzz Rainbowwolf