Social Housing

Trapped inside: Why social-housing apartments need an urgent revamp

A redesign and renovation of social-housing apartments across Australian cities is desperately needed to ensure older women with mobility issues are not trapped inside their homes. During this Covid-19 isolation period, it has become apparent how inappropriate some social housing has become for older and disabled women.
2020

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2020

The Rental Affordability Snapshot is designed to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing while on a low income. It focuses on the Australian population who earn the least income – Commonwealth benefit recipients and minimum wage earners. Every year, Anglicare Australia tests if it is possible for people on low incomes to rent a home in the private market.
2020

Affordable Housing Needs Projected to Grow for Seniors

The number of elderly people in the US with “worst case housing needs” – defined as renters with very low incomes who do not receive government housing assistance and pay more than one-half of their income for rent, live in severely inadequate conditions, or both – is increasing rapidly. Resources for housing and supporting our aging population are scarce in relation to the scope of the problem.
2020

'One rent increase from disaster’ Older renters living on the edge in Western Australia

Recent trends in Australia indicate homelessness and the risk of homelessness is increasing for low income older households. The Ageing on the Edge Project is a five year initiative (2016–2020) that aims to gather evidence and conduct research that supports a compelling need for better housing and support services for older people. This is the third report produced as part of this project.
2019

Ageing with Choice Future directions for seniors housing 2019–2024

Like most developed countries, Australia has an ageing population. The number of people in WA aged 65 or over is projected to grow by 40 per cent to more than 500,000 by 2026. Without access to suitable, affordable homes, more older people will struggle to balance housing and living costs or will be living in homes they cannot manage or maintain.
2019

The solution to ageing Britain’s housing crisis? Build almshouses

Architects and planners need to radically rethink housing policy for older people as the number of Britons over the age of 85 is set to nearly double in the next 25 years.
2019

Affordable housing: who needs it and why

There is a growing shortfall of affordable housing in Australia. The delivery of affordable housing in Australia is in desperate need of a shakeup. This is an interview with UNSW City Futures Research Fellow Dr Laurence Troy, which provides an explanation of the current situation in Australia.
2019

Improving the outcomes for older women at risk of homelessness

Older single women are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia, though their plight remains for various reasons invisible to many. Designing solutions to this problem involves first understanding the root causes of the problem, including structural gender inequality, and then identifying the drivers of better outcomes for such women.
2019

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

'Meanwhile use' properties offer potential as a short-term solution to social housing needs

A vacant Sydney nursing home awaiting redevelopment has been lent to a women's shelter, with experts claiming examples like this could offer a short-term solution to Australia's lack of public housing. It is designed to bridge the gap between crisis accommodation and permanent living.
2019
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