Outlining the recommendations made to the NSW Government, including: housing and older people and insecure housing and older people. This is a live document that will be updated as legislative changes are made.
The traditional ‘housing story’ narrative has become increasingly out of step with an Australia where it has become more and more difficult topretend that the housing status quo is delivered for all.
According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Income and Housing, home-ownership rates among Australians aged 55-64 years dropped from 86% to 81% between 2001 and 2016. Mortgage burdens have spiked in the 55-64 age group. In 2001 roughly 80% were mortgage-free. By 2016 this had plummeted to only 56%. Indebtedness is even growing among owners aged 65 and over.
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)
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.
The article looks at house-sitting as an option for the housing crisis faced by an increasing number of older people in Australia.
This rapid review of the international evidence was designed to look for lessons in developing effective homelessness prevention from other countries. The review found three essentials for effective homelessness prevention. 1. Prevention must be part of an integrated homelessness strategy. 2.
Christine is a recently retired and now homeless mature age woman who has, like so many other retired professional women, little to no prospect of obtaining public or community housing, or being able to afford market price rentals. She is the convenor of the Housing Alternatives self-help action group on Facebook and the creator of the Housing Alternatives web site,
Australian women aged over 50 are at greater risk of financial and housing security than older men. This has been linked to a number of compounding and systemic factors.
Finnerty & O’Connell’s (2017) 'Changing Precarities in the Irish housing system: supplier-generated changes in security of tenure for domiciled households' is a careful analysis of changing Irish housing policy settings in recent decades, that sheds rare light on the specific policy mechanisms which increasing housing precarity.
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