States Drag Feet on Affordable Housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Carolyn Whitzman, Professor of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne. Moral panic over recent increases in visibly homeless people in central Melbourne has brought to the fore the critical shortage of affordable housing across the metropolitan areas of Australia’s wealthiest cities. But living on the street is only the tip of the … [Read More] States Drag Feet on Affordable Housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Housing stress ‘dire’ as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars – The Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Doug Dingwall Women more than 80 years old are turning to Canberra’s homeless services for shelter, forced out of housing by the ACT’s rental market, low savings and family violence. Homelessness services are reporting a rise in clients who are elderly women, some resorting to sleeping in cars and couch surfing for … [Read More] Housing stress ‘dire’ as elderly Canberra women resort to sleeping in cars – The Canberra Times

EVENT: Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017

Melbourne, 15-17 February 2017 Housing issues are hot items of policy debate in 2017 including lack of housing affordability, the rise of property investors and homelessness, all of which affect economy and society. The theme of the conference is Global Inequalities and Housing: The Australasian Agenda. There will be research papers on a wide range … [Read More] EVENT: Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017

Homelessness in the News – Week beginning 13 Feb 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week   BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia. If you find our service useful and would like to contribute to ‘Working for an Australia Free of Poverty’, please consider a donation using … [Read More] Homelessness in the News – Week beginning 13 Feb 2017

Solar panels no longer domain of rich, new research finds – The Fifth Estate

Extract The highest uptake of solar PV systems is coming from families and those on lower incomes, new research from the Queensland University of Technology has found. The research, led by Dr Jeff Sommerfeld from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty School of Design, puts lie to the common view that solar panels are mostly installed by … [Read More] Solar panels no longer domain of rich, new research finds – The Fifth Estate

Event: National Housing Conference 2017: Building for Better Lives – AHURI & NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Sydney, NSW 29 November–1 December 2017 AHURI will convene the National Housing Conference 2017 – Building for better lives, in Sydney, in partnership with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017 at the brand new International Convention Centre. With Sydney as the destination, and NSW leading the way … [Read More] Event: National Housing Conference 2017: Building for Better Lives – AHURI & NSW Department of Family and Community Services

A Community Hub Approach to Older People’s Housing – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ABSTRACT Purpose: This paper explores the potential of housing with care schemes to act as community hubs. The analysis highlights a range of benefits, barriers and facilitators Design/methodology/approach: Data is presented from the ASSET project (Adult Social Services Environments and Settings) which used a mixed methods approach including a review of the literature, surveys and … [Read More] A Community Hub Approach to Older People’s Housing – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Ageing Well in the Right Place: Partnership working with older people – Working with Older People

ABSTRACT Purpose : The provision of home and community supports can enable people to successfully age-in-place by improving physical and mental health, supporting social participation and enhancing independence, autonomy and choice. One challenge concerns the integration of place-based supports available as older people transition into affordable housing. Sustainable solutions need to be developed and implemented … [Read More] Ageing Well in the Right Place: Partnership working with older people – Working with Older People

The Effectiveness of Environment Assessment Tools to Guide Refurbishment of Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities: A systematic review – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Objective: To determine applicability of environment assessment tools in guiding minor refurbishments of Australian residential aged care facilities. Method: Studies conducted in residential aged care settings using assessment tools which address the physical environment were eligible for inclusion in a systematic review. Given these studies are limited, tools which have not yet been utilised in research … [Read More] The Effectiveness of Environment Assessment Tools to Guide Refurbishment of Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities: A systematic review – Australasian Journal on Ageing

Why Secure and Affordable Housing is an Increasing Worry for Age Pensioners- The Conversation

Extract from an article by Alan Morris, Chair Professor, University of Technology Sydney The average housing costs of older (65-plus) outright homeowners in lone-person households were A$38 a week in 2013-14, the Australian Bureau of Statistics calculated, compared to $103 for older social housing tenants and $232 for older private renters. Fortunately, over the last several decades … [Read More] Why Secure and Affordable Housing is an Increasing Worry for Age Pensioners- The Conversation

Energy efficiency of housing for older citizens: Does it matter? Energy Policy

Highlights •Housing quality impacts on the health and economic wellbeing of older people. •This demographic can have limited capacity to manage and pay for thermal comfort. •Building thermal performance is not disclosed or linked to occupants’ health care. •Energy and health policies need to be much more closely aligned. •This can be through building regulations, … [Read More] Energy efficiency of housing for older citizens: Does it matter? Energy Policy

‘Growing Old’ in Shelters and ‘On the Street’: Experiences of older homeless people – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT Homelessness among older people in Canada is both a growing concern, and an emerging field of study. This article reports thematic results of qualitative interviews with 40 people aged 46 to 75, carried out as part of a mixed-methods study of older people who are homeless in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Our participants included people … [Read More] ‘Growing Old’ in Shelters and ‘On the Street’: Experiences of older homeless people – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Reinventing density: co-living, the second domestic revolution – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Timothy Moore This is the third piece in our series, Reinventing density, co-published with Future West (Australian Urbanism). Many housing types are totally at odds with how people live today because people don’t have as many material goods as they used to. Those under 30 may not own much at all. … [Read More] Reinventing density: co-living, the second domestic revolution – The Conversation

Homes for Life: Towards an older persons housing strategy – COTA & HAAG

BACKGROUND – Extract Homes for Life: Towards an older persons housing strategy has been developed by a coalition of non-government organisations concerned about the increasing housing affordability crisis facing our ageing population. This roadmap brings together the key concerns of the major organisations assisting the most vulnerable older people in Victoria. It reflects the views … [Read More] Homes for Life: Towards an older persons housing strategy – COTA & HAAG

Millennials pushed out of suburbs by NIMBY baby boomers who oppose development – Domain.com

Extract from an article by Ben Potter Forget smashed avocado and low interest rates: millennials can look closer to home for their scant access to housing in leafy neighbourhoods. New data presented to the Melbourne Economic Forum last month, detailed in The Australian Financial Review, confirms what many already suspected: The culprits are their Baby Boomer old folks … [Read More] Millennials pushed out of suburbs by NIMBY baby boomers who oppose development – Domain.com

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