Community Sector Banking
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

Homeless Older People Overlooked


Thursday, 6th August 2015 at 11:27 am
Lina Caneva
Sydney’s increasingly expensive housing market is contributing to the rise in the number of older homeless people, HammondCare warned during Homelessness Prevention Week.

Thursday, 6th August 2015
at 11:27 am
Lina Caneva


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Homeless Older People Overlooked
Thursday, 6th August 2015 at 11:27 am

Sydney’s increasingly expensive housing market is contributing to the rise in the number of older homeless people, HammondCare warned during Homelessness Prevention Week.

The health and aged care charity identified the combination of low, fixed incomes and high health costs for the elderly as a significant barrier to accessing housing in inner Sydney.

Their submission, Homelessness Amongst Older People, to the City of Sydney’s Housing Issues Paper also says incorrect assumptions about older people means they are overlooked when it comes to homelessness service provisions, despite being one of the most vulnerable groups.

“Older people are generally assumed to be homeowners. The Age Pension and aged care system are designed on the assumption that older people own their own home, and yet increasingly this is not the case,” the submission said.  

According to the ABS, in 2011-12, 13.5 per cent of people aged 65 and over were in the private rental market and another 7.5 per cent were paying off a mortgage.

The submission includes predictions that the number of older people in the private rental market will increase by 115 per cent by 2026.

Weekly median rents in Sydney will also exceed 30 per cent of the maximum age pension for a single person, even with rent assistance.

“Housing affordability is clearly an issue for older people in Sydney and it is crucial that they are considered in any efforts to address the housing crisis,” the submission said.

“Efforts should include an examination by all levels of Government as to how policy, legislative and planning arrangements affect housing prices and the availability of affordable rental accommodation for low-income and vulnerable groups in Sydney.”

A significant increase in the number of older people requiring social housing has been recorded in recent years. It is projected that by 2021, older people will be the largest group of people in need of social housing, making up more than a third of demand in New South Wales.

HammondCare’s recommendations include more residential aged care services for older people in inner Sydney that provide both long term accommodation and care.

“Older homeless people require fundamentally different service models to homeless people generally; services which respond to the specific needs and challenges of the older person,” the submission said.

The charity called for all future social housing construction and developments to be designed with older people in mind and adhere to the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines that incorporate ease of entry, wider doors and halls, and safe spaces to move around in.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Tags : Homelessness,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

The woman fighting to end homelessness globally

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 18th November 2019 at 5:42 pm

People experiencing homelessness struggling to navigate the NDIS

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 16th October 2019 at 4:13 pm

Australia is bracing for a tsunami of homeless women

Jan Berriman

Thursday, 10th October 2019 at 7:30 am

POPULAR

A sad and sorry history of Newstart

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 8:00 am

Report finds NFP boards lack leadership in fundraising

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 13th November 2019 at 2:30 pm

Morrison government unveils plan for ‘last 20 per cent’ of NDIS rollout

Luke Michael

Monday, 18th November 2019 at 2:06 pm

Rethinking theory of change

Kevin Robbie

Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 8:38 am

Community Sector Banking
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!