Heading South - Older People at Risk of Homelessness in Tasmania

This report provides a brief snapshot of homelessness and the risk of homelessness for people aged 55 years and over in Tasmania.

Rental stress: Shock as Hobart becomes Australia's least affordable city

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.

Councils' help with affordable housing shows how local government can make a difference

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.

The rising population of older, homeless women

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.

Recent housing transfer experience in Australia: implications for affordable housing industry development

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.

‘New ideas to old problems’ needed says head of innovative housing service

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.

Innovative housing solutions for an ageing population - a case study

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

Key issues for older Tasmanians

Tasmania currently has the highest proportion of older people in our state compared to all other jurisdictions in Australia. At present nearly one fifth of the Tasmanian population is aged 60 years and over.

Facing the future — A baseline profile on older Tasmanians

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.

Dementia and Homelessness: Report to the Victoria and Tasmania Dementia Training Study Centre

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.
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