Two thirds of Australian women renters over 55, would find a rent increase more difficult to afford compared to the rest of the population. Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that women over 55 are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness.
The number of this cohort living alone is very high compared with the rest of the population.
The project aims to prevent homelessness in young people by helping them with secure and affordable housing, while at the same time increasing social interactions of the senior residents. The co-housing arrangement is modelled after a Dutch example where students live in a nursing home and spend time socialising with the residents.