Throughout 2019-2020 we surveyed and interviewed 228 older LGBTI people aged between 50 and 80 years of age about their housing and the information they provided forms the basis of this submission. We found that more older LGBTI people have experienced homelessness than their non-LGBTI counterparts, and that older LGBTI people are in circumstances that place them at risk of homelessness.

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This submission was prepared in partnership with Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, Switchboard Victoria, and Transgender Victoria.

All older people in Australia should enjoy the same high standards of care. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many older people who experience deep and persistent disadvantage. This category of deep and persistent disadvantage describes any older person suffering from the effects of poverty, trauma and/or social isolation, homelessness, and anyone with reduced capacity to live independently or without informal support/s from family, friends or carers.
We estimate that there are over 18,000 older people in Australia experiencing this type of disadvantage who cannot readily access aged care or who are not welcome in many services.

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Training video for service providers about Housing for the Aged Action Groups services - includes recent data on the prevalence of homelessness for older people, what to look out for and when to refer to our Home at Last service.

Early intervention to prevent homelessness for older people from Housing Aged on Vimeo.

In September 2019, HAAG was invited to give evidence at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.  Read our statement here

Older people are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.  They need safe and affordable housing so they can practice physical distancing, quarantine and self-isolation as required. 

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The 7th issue of NASH news covers personal experiences of precarious home ownership, NRAS, climate change and rentals, and much more.

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The patterns and circumstances of low income older non- homeowners identified in this report indicate that Queensland is no exception to the national trends on homelessness and the risk of homelessness for the older population. Overall homelessness in Queensland is rising and the older age groups are increasingly contributing to this growth. Unlike in other states where older people affected by homelessness and marginally housed are concentrated in the metropolitan capital, in Queensland greater numbers are found in regional Queensland.

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Our autumn newsletter farewells longtime employee and advocate for housing justice, Jeff Fiedler. It also covers HAAGs response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and much more!

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The results are in! How are older LGBTI people in Victoria housed, and what do they think about it?

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Older people in the 55-74 age bracket are the fastest growing cohort within the overall homeless population. Homelessness for older people in Victoria grew at a rate of 57% between 2011 and 2016, compared to 11% in Victoria overall. Australia’s ageing population is rapidly growing. It is predicted to more than double from 2010 to 2050. While the population grows, so does the homelessness crisis for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

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The Aged Care system should be respectful of rights, choice and dignity, but there should also be recognition that for many people who are experiencing homelessness, or living in unsuitable or unaffordable housing, there is no real “choice” in aged care, and the focus instead should be accessing the system.
HAAG strongly support any reforms that lead to a system which is easy to navigate and understand, supportive of the wishes of the older person, and well connected with other services.

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Airbnb has changed the global rental scene, by increasing prices and removing properties from long- term rental. Areas such as coastal New South Wales, Southern Queensland and Tasmania that attract tourism but also have large permanent renting populations are experiencing housing pressure as a result. The Northern Rivers region of NSW is one such place.

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Older renters are a key demographic when it comes to rental reform. People over 55 make up the fastest growing segment of the private rental market, a major and growing proportion of social housing tenants, and a key cohort for caravan and residential parks. The government has recognised the needs of older renters as a key concern of the RTA review from the Laying the Groundwork paper onwards. Existing transitional provisions specify certain rental reforms – such as minimum standards – that will only apply to new fixed term or periodic agreements entered into after July 2020. We are concerned this will tend to disproportionately disadvantage older renters.

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NASH's summer newsletter with a focus on older renters in Western Australia

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Housing for the Aged Action Group submission in response to the Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020


This joint submission with Consumer Action Law Center focuses on five key areas that have emerged as central to retirement village reform in our casework and in feedback from our members: resident rights, contractual complexity, unfair fees, management standards, and dispute resolution. The case study illustrates the ways these issues are connected and compound each other to the detriment of retirement village residents.

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The Ageing on the Edge NSW Forum is a coali on of organisations working together towards housing justice for older people on low incomes.

Based on widespread consulta on with older people and the community sector in NSW, the Forum has adopted and promotes policy recommendations that are critical to addressing the needs of older people facing housing stress and homelessness.

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Our summer newsletter covers the latest HAAG news including our AGM, new constitution, committee, strategic plan, clients stories, movie reviews, and more!

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Our Strategic Plan details the contexts, objectives and priority actions for our four main strategic pillars.

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Our Annual Report looks back at the 2018-19 financial year, our campaigns, actions and events, the growth of our services, and the many projects under the HAAG umbrella.

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