Ageing in what place? The experience of housing crisis and homelessness for older Victorians - Final report /Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover 2011Description: PDFISBN: 9780975717769; 0975717766Subject(s): Homeless Services For - Victoria | Homeless Older People Services For | Ageing Economic Aspects | Housing Policy Victoria | Disadvantaged Groups | Social Exclusion | Accommodation | Service Provision | Hanover Welfare Services (hws) | Retirement And AgeingOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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Australia is facing significant demographic shifts over the next decade as the population grows and ages. Currently, services for the ageing population are fragmented with no single government department assuming responsibility for older Australians in all their diversity. ; Homelessness and housing services are reporting an increase in aged people presenting for assistance with no (recent) history of homelessness. Older Australians in private rental, or those entering private rental for the first time, appear to be particularly vulnerable. While the population is diverse, these people all have insecure tenure and limited income. ; In Australia there is no coherent response for older people in housing crisis or at risk of homelessness. In Victoria, the service response for the aged is focused on individuals with chronic health issues and homeless histories. Currently, the homelessness service sector doesn't provide a clearly differentiated response to those at risk of housing crisis or homelessness who are ageing.