Making Headlines 🗞

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  • #380
    Reuben
    Keymaster

    The so called ‘invisible homeless’ – often older people who are couch surfing, living in cars, staying in unsafe accomodation – are no longer so invisible. After years of campaigning and pressure on politicians, we are making headlines around the country.

    Lets make this a place to share and discuss news stories that focus on older peoples homelessness, and make sure the politicians as well as the public are getting the message.

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    • #1727
      Marie Sillars
      Participant

      This Page is well worth joining and Subscribing with, lots of information!

      Putting homelessness on the map

    • #1726
      Marie Sillars
      Participant

      Here is a repeat performance by the NSW State Govt selling off Public Housing and replacing it with very little housing.

      https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/03/05/exclusive-leaked-do

      The New South Wales government’s $1 billion plan to sell the Waterloo Estate public housing land in central Sydney will deliver fewer than 100 additional “social” homes over the next five years, ultimately doing nothing to relieve pressure on a waiting list that is currently more than 50,000 households long.

      A confidential briefing paper to the Perrottet government’s powerful expenditure review committee, obtained by The Saturday Paper, reveals the proposal – which only went on public exhibition on Thursday – has settled on the sale of the high-value inner-city land to developers in return for 3050 new homes, 28 per cent of which will be social. This is less than half of what was initially deemed possible for the project. A further 64 per cent will be ordinary private homes and 8 per cent will be “affordable”.

      This is just a small part of the Article. I have been meeting with and talking to Waterloo for years and also was part of the Millers Point selloff whilst dealing with the Estate I lived on IVANHOE ESTATE & battling with LAHC Staff who tore my Community apart. yes, its in the past but I feel that if this Govt does not learn from past mistakes they will continue to ruin people’s lives. My heart is with the Seniors who have lived there for years, it is a lovely Community, close & they look after each other (they have through COVID too) they will be scattered and forced to take places are they well below standard and a lot of them will die when ripped out of their Community!

    • #1409
      Reuben
      Keymaster

      Great to see some news coming on the back of the At Risk forum.

      But as Penny Leimhuis says “There is a lot of talk, and no actual action”

    • #939
      dini
      Participant

      Housing groups are calling on the state government to wrap a “financial ring of steel” around residential tenants who are struggling to pay their rent due to lockdowns.

      It comes as the preliminary results of a Tenants Victoria survey of 400 renters found that 70 per cent had taken a financial hit during the state’s latest lockdown, losing an average $1280 in income. About half of these renters said this had affected their ability to pay rent.

      https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/housing-groups-call-for-ring-of-steel-to-protect-struggling-renters-20210729-p58dxv.html

      • #942
        Reuben
        Keymaster

        Wrap a ring of steel around renters? Such a weird metaphor.

    • #637
      Kobi
      Keymaster

      Just sharing a link to the ABC Life Matters program that Debbie Georgopolous, Women’s Housing Co. and Debbie Faulkner, University of South Australia,  participated in yesterday, 12 July:

       

      https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/dealing-with-insecure-housing-while-ageing/13441072

    • #424
      Rebecca C
      Participant

      Anthony Albanese in his budget reply speech refers to older women as the fastest growing cohort of people facing homelessness and pledges to allocate social housing specifically for older women: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/anthony-albanese-pledges-10-billion-to-build-social-housing-in-budget-reply-speech

    • #444
      FionaY
      Participant

      this is a story from a couple of months ago about regional housing insecurity for older women in Victoria – specifically the Mallee Wimmera region.  It also mentions the pitfalls of share-housing

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-24/regional-housing-insecurity-hurting-older-women-victoria/13182874

    • #387
      Reuben
      Keymaster

      ‘Starts at 60’ featured us and a client’s story https://startsat60.com/media/news/rise-of-homeless-older-women-in-australia

       

    • #381
      Reuben
      Keymaster

      Kobi featured in this article in the Advocate today https://theadvocate.org.au/news/older-women-lost-in-housing/

       

      • #463
        Wendy
        Participant

        great piece!!

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