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Housing Options for our Ageing Population

The Irish Government's objectives in this Policy Statement 'Housing for an Ageing Population' focus on six principles: - Ageing in Place - Supporting Urban Renewal - Promoting Sustainable Lifetime Housing - Using Assistive Technology - Staying Socially Connected - Working Together
2019

Older women the new face of homelessness

Older women have emerged as one of the most vulnerable groups in relation to housing insecurity and homelessness in Australia in recent years. They are not a group that is historically associated with homelessness and indeed, many older women have never been homeless before.
2019

What is the Future of Retirement Living and Aged Care?

While our retirement and aged care sectors are complex and tightly regulated, Australia needs more rental accommodation for retirees. The latest research shows demand for public housing from private renters aged 55-plus, is expected to climb 78 per cent, from roughly 200,000 households in 2016 to 440,000 households in 2031.
2019

Homelessness grows for older women aged 55+

The Women’s Electoral Lobby has called on Commonwealth and State governments to respond Australia’s homelessness crisis for women, who are often invisible and amongst the poorest and most vulnerable of those experiencing homelessness. Older women aged 55 and over are the fastest growing cohort of homeless people, with numbers increasing by 31% between 2011 and 2016.
2019
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Mortgage stress and precarious home ownership: implications for older Australians

This research investigated the growing numbers of middle aged and older Australians who are carrying mortgage debt into retirement and paying off higher levels of debt relative to house values and income. Between 1987 and 2015, mortgage debt among older mortgagors increased by 600 per cent (from $27,000 to over $185,000).
2019

Learning from past mistakes: lessons from the National Rental Affordability Scheme

All Australians are spending more of their incomes on housing than in the past, but low-income households are feeling the pinch most. Many low-income renters are in poverty, and many more are suffering financial stress. Inequality is increasing because rising housing costs have disproportionately whittled away the income growth of poorer households.
2019

Living on the Street: Only Option for Some of Cuba’s Elderly

The number of homeless people is growing in Havana, as well as in the rest of the country. This article looks at the reasons behind the increase in older people facing homelessness.
2019

Dignity and choice: An inclusive future for our ageing population

Around the world, advanced economies are grappling with the challenges of an ageing population. Despite this, city shaping decisions are often made without sufficient consideration of how cities will change over the coming decades.
2019

The Forgotten Women - fastest growing homeless population

This presentation looks at the reasons why women aged 55+ are the fastest growing cohort to experience, or be at risk of, homelessness. (National Housing Conference 2019, Darwin)
2019
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Rental Housing for an Ageing Population

In our latest Inquiry, we have turned our attention to rental housing for older people, both now and in the decades to come. We wanted to find out how many homes for rent are likely to be needed over the next 20 years or so, what they should be like and who might provide them. Today only 22% of those over 65 are tenants (private or social). But this will change.
2019

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