Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute

Effective downsizing options for older Australians

Downsizing—commonly defined as the act of older people moving to a dwelling with fewer bedrooms, a smaller land area and a lower value is viewed by Government as a way to address affordability and use the housing stock more efficiently.
2020

Understanding and reimagining social housing pathways

This study explores the ways households experience pathways into, within and out of the Australian social housing system.
2020

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

Older Australians and the housing aspirations gap

This report examined the housing aspirations of older Australians, defined as households over the age of 55. Within this research, housing aspirations were explored through the AHA survey, where respondents selected their ideal location, number of bedrooms, dwelling type and tenure.
2019

Reducing the Risk of Older Women’s Homelessness

Citing Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself (sic) and of his (sic) family, including ... housing) this presentation looks at risk factors associated with homelessness for ageing women in Australia. (National Housing Conference 2019, Darwin)
2019

An effective homelessness services system for older Australians

This research is part of a wider AHURI Inquiry into an effective homelessness service system and this project is focussed on the following questions: • What is the appropriate balance between early intervention, prevention and crisis services for older homeless people, and between specialist and mainstream services, in order to provide the most efficient and effective response to this group’s need
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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Older Women's Housing - Pilot Program

In Australia, one of the most disadvantaged demographic profiles is to be ‘old, single, poor, female and in private rental accommodation’. This paper, from the Women's Property Initiatives, looks at ways in which we can address the growing social inequality in this cohort.
2019

Housing Choices for Older Women

There has been an 88% growth in women over 55 years accessing homelessness services in NSW over the last 3 years. This presentation examines the housing needs of older women; housing design principles; and effective housing solutions for this this growing cohort of the Australian population. (National Housing Conference 2019, Darwin)
2019

Supporting older lower income tenants in the private rental sector

Retired lower income households living in the private rental sector face rent increases and insecure tenure while being on low fixed incomes. They also live in housing that may not be physically suitable for them and may require alterations to make the premises liveable. The policy options presented here focus on assisting older lower income tenants.
2019
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