Fiona York, Executive Officer of Housing the for the Aged Action Group, gives evidence to The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety about the obstacles facing older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to accessing Aged Care.

Member and former HAAG client Jenny talked to ABC News about her experience becoming homeless and sleeping in her car.

The fifth NASH News focusses on Co-housing for Seniors, Residential Parks in South Australia, and the homeless "Grey Nomads".

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Our submission to the Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and Related Payments calls on the government to immediately raise the rate of Newstart, abolish punitive and unrealistic mutual obligation requirements for people aged 55 and over, and invest in affordable housing as a matter of priority to prevent further homelessness amongst older people.

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This submission is based on the experiences of our members and clients living in retirement housing, who have embedded networks in their villages.

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Our spring edition of Older Tenants Voice featuring the usual news, case studies, data, photos and events from Older Tenants Voice, along with a bonus movie review and recipe!

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The video includes recent data on the prevalence of homelessness for older people, what to look out for and when to refer to our Assistance with Care and Housing program.  

If an assessor sees an older person who is living in private rental, they are likely to be at risk. Being single and female increases their risk. By linking them with a support service like the ACH program we can prevent people from falling into a housing crisis.

Home & Housed is our annual publication looking back at the people we’ve housed, the data we’ve collected and the things we’ve learned.

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The fourth issue of NASH news puts the spotlight on New South Wales, the 'Public Housing Renewal Program', along with a detailed policy statement.
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Our June edition of Older Tenants Voice features interviews with our volunteers and information about the work that they do.

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The third issue of NASH news covers the Federal Election, Senior Housing Victoria, Senior's share housing, and much more.

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Australia needs to urgently address the rapidly increasing problem facing large numbers of older people, the majority women, at risk of homelessness. As a ‘new’ cohort with many specific factors such as age, gender, first time homelessness and economic disadvantage as the cause, there is a need for uniquely tailored early intervention strategies to prevent homelessness for this group to avoid later life complexities at great cost.

This proposal recommends the introduction of a national Seniors Housing Gateway (SHG) Program at a cost of $9.6 million to urgently respond to the rapid increase of vulnerable older people at risk of homelessness and assisting them to navigate their way to a housing solution.

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A spotlight on housing distress in Queensland and the Northern Rivers, stories from members, and the latest actions from NASH.

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An update on the National Older Persons Housing Network and Ageing on the Edge National Action Project

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Our end of the year newsletter covering the Victorian State Election, Rainbow Tick Accreditation, our AGM, new committee and staff, and news from our housing and retirement teams.

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While there has been research into the experience of people living in ILUs (HAAG, 2016), there is limited knowledge of the experience of people attempting to gain access to them. It may be inferred however that access is problematic; waitlists are generally years in length, there area large numbers of low-income pensioners in the private rental market, and there are low numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) aged living in them (HAAG, 2016). Obtaining up to date and transparent information about ILUs and other retirement villages is also challenging. 

This report looks at whether HAAG clients who are given information about ILUs actually obtain housing in ILUs, and explores some of the structural reasons behind this. 

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The purpose of this report is to ascertain whether or not the VHR is working as it intended in regards to the process of receiving community housing offers in the case of HAAG’s cohort of older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. HAAG’s housing workers house approximately 7 people per month in social housing - an umbrella term to mean public housing which is owned by government, and community housing which is owned or managed by not for profit community housing providers. Our workers mainly utilise the VHR and use our contacts and networks within community housing providers to house our clients. In practice though, how many of our clients are being housed in community housing through each process? Has the VHR simplified it and made the process more transparent in relation to community housing providers and how they offer vacancies? This is something the introduction of the VHR aimed to address and this report will focus on.

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