OWN NSW is a member of the Ageing on the Edge Action Group NSW working on the Ageing on the Edge Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project. The project a partnership between Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and Dr Debbie Faulkner from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP). This five year research project was funded by The Wicking Trust and aims to assist older people to stay at home longer and also supports housing stability for older Australians at risk of homelessness.
The project was conducted in light of extensive research that is warning of rapidly increasing housing problems facing older people.
The three main factors are: an ageing population, reducing rates of home ownership and significant increases in older people relying on private rental accommodation to age-in-place in retirement. The objective of the project is to increase awareness of older people’s housing issues across Australia, improve older people’s access to affordable housing and ensure better availability of services that can help older people in housing difficulty.
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