This pilot study, generously supported by a grant from the Mercy Foundation (NSW), aimed to provide insight into how gender and location affect the housing and homelessness pathways and experiences of people aged 55 years and over who have experienced homelessness or housing crisis in Victoria.
It is widely acknowledged that Australia has a growing ageing population. The growing housing affordability problem is also widel y recognised. Declining rates of home ownership and a projected increase in older people in private rental are also well documented. The numbers of older people vulnerable to homelessness will increase. This has implications for the homelessness services system.
These case studies form part of the final report on Stage One of Hanover Welfare Service’s research into the experience of housing crisis and homelessness for older Victorians.
Australia is facing signicant demographic shifts over the next decade as the population grows and ages.