This report provides a brief snapshot of homelessness and the risk of homelessness for people aged 55 years and over in Tasmania.
Hobart has leapfrogged Sydney to become Australia’s least affordable city according to new figures, as city renters continue to struggle. The latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI) shows that Hobart has overtaken Sydney to become the least affordable capital city, followed by Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.
Tasmania is in the grip of a rental housing affordability crisis. What do local governments do to help? Rural areas in particular lack rental options.
Older women are often the forgotten face of homelessness. Stereotypes dominate the average view of what a homeless person looks like, but at a time when the number of older women couch-surfing has doubled in just four years, times are changing. In Australia in 2016, 1618 women over the age of 50 who presented at homelessness services were couch-surfing – an 83 per cent increase over four years.
Focusing primarily on public housing transfers in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, this Inquiry analysed the associated processes and frameworks to reveal the lessons learned. The case studies reveal aspects of transfer practices such as capturing Rent Assistance-enhanced revenues; the transfer of ‘management’ rather than freehold title; and the absence of a role for tenants.
Australia needs new solutions to address the growing number of homeless seniors,particularly women. Innovative solutions to look after this cohort are needed. This article looks at Common Ground Tasmania which opened in 2012. Older women have been drawn to the model as it provides safe and secure accommodation with a sense of community and purpose.
Common Ground Tasmania is about providing people with the support they need to recover from the trauma of homelessness, to exit an endless cycle of homelessness and crisis accommodation, to stay housed and to rebuild their lives. Four key features of the Common Ground supportive housing model: - Permanent, affordable accommodation with design features adding value to the surrounding community - A
Th is major piece of research has been conducted by a team of people over 2012 and 2013 to provide greater insight into older Tasmanians. COTA Tasmania (Council on the Ageing) is the leading voice for older Tasmanians and as such it is timely and significant that as an organisation it can be involved in such an important piece of work.
The very nature of homelessness means a lack of access to many of the supports most people take for granted. Older people can often be excluded from support services because of fierce independence and a reluctance to push their ‘rights’; they become invisible. People who are homeless do not come to the attention of aged care services and to some extent, remain invisible.