Homes for Victorians – Premier of Victoria

Every Victorian deserves the safety and security of a home. But for many, that’s becoming increasingly harder. A significant number of Victorians, particularly young Victorians, are struggling to break into the housing market. House prices are rising and upfront costs – a deposit, stamp duty and fees – quickly add up. It’s getting harder for … [Read More] Homes for Victorians – Premier of Victoria

Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector – Parliament of Victoria. Legal and Social Issues Committee

Extract Victoria’s population is ageing and causing significant growth in demand for retirement housing. At the same time, residents have heightened expectations about the services that will be delivered. This creates a range of challenges for government and industry, and also prompted significant public interest in this Inquiry. It’s important for the Victorian Government to … [Read More] Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector – Parliament of Victoria. Legal and Social Issues Committee

Time for Action on Afordable Housing for Seniors – Community Care Review

Extract Governments need to urgently increase their investment in affordable housing options and specialist support services to address the growing number of older people in housing stress, writes Fiona York. It is often assumed that the older generations are home owners, and the discussion on housing and older people is often focused on downsizing, passing … [Read More] Time for Action on Afordable Housing for Seniors – Community Care Review

Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

ABSTRACT Research suggests that third party-arranged home sharing (“TPAHS”) enables elders to remain at home in advanced age by connecting elder home owners with suitable live-in “matches.” TPAHS potentially saves elders, their families, and Medicaid budgets millions of a dollars per year in avoided and postponed nursing home costs. In interviews with elder TPAHS participants … [Read More] Exploring Home Sharing for Elders – Journal of Housing for the Elderly

Aussie seniors the forgotten victims of housing affordability crisis – Starts at Sixty

Extract from article on Starts at Sixty website Not all Baby Boomers are reaping the rewards of rocketing property prices. In fact, plenty are doing it very tough. Are you one of them? The Baby Boomers who’re accidental millionaires thanks to the soaring value of their family home are regulars in the news. But older Aussies … [Read More] Aussie seniors the forgotten victims of housing affordability crisis – Starts at Sixty

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

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, 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

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