Opinion Article

Why Housing The Homeless In The Age Of Covid-19 Is Essential

This US opinion piece argues the case for housing homeless people in currently empty facilities, as a way of limiting the spread of the virus.. Homeless people tend to have higher rates of the kinds of chronic conditions that make severe illness with SARS-CoV2—and the need for greater medical resources—more likely.

We need to talk about ageing - and it's about far more than the NHS

By 2050, 25% of the UK population will be over 65 – many living in solitude.

We Need to Talk About The Rising Tragedy of Homeless Elderly People

The rising number of low-income and homeless elderly people being locked out of aged care is one that needs urgent attention, writes Andrew Cairns, CEO of Community Sector Banking.

Housing affordability is not just about youth. 15,000 seniors are homeless

As hard as it is for young people to get a foot on the property ladder, it’s even harder for pensioners and low to middle income renters to get a foot in the door ... any door. Private rental accommodation is now more unaffordable than owner-occupied. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, people who rent spend more of their income on housing than people with a mortgage.

Want to age well? Fix the housing system

We need urgent action from government, business and the not-for-profit sector on the financing and supply of more affordable and social housing for older people.

The Social Housing Ageing & Disability Crisis

Allied to the UK's rapidly ageing population and the rising number of people developing dementia, the need to provide safe social housing for those who are older and/or disabled is becoming increasingly urgent and intense. A major piece of recent research by the Smith Institute forecasts that by 2034 there will be 170,000 more residents with mobility problems living in housing association pr

Why older women need access to affordable housing

This article examines the plight of women over 55 who are non-homeowners and at risk of homelessness. It looks at an innovative housing development in Queensland, which brought about the renovation of an existing, uninhabitable building into affordable, modern apartments for low income earners over the age of 55.

Double jeopardy: Old age and nowhere secure to lay your head

On Census night in 2001 around 14,000 older Australians aged 55 years and over experienced homelessness. This represents 14 per cent of the homeless population. When the next Census figures are released, this figure will almost certainly have risen. War veterans make up approximately 10% of this group of older, homeless Australians.
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