The national Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project has released its summary report into the housing crisis facing a growing number of older people in Western Australia.
Produced in collaboration with Council on the Ageing WA and a Reference Group of key WA agencies and individuals, the report highlights the rapidly growing problems facing many older people in WA.
This research has found that there are many older renters struggling to the extent that they are doing without the daily essentials of life such as food, heating, medications and aged care services to ensure they keep a roof over their head. They are a hidden group that are putting up with enormous hardship while constantly under the stress of being, as an older person interviewed stated, ‘one rent increase from disaster’.
The Ageing on the Edge Project is a partnership between the University of Adelaide and the Housing for the Aged Action Group.