7.30 Report on Older Women and House Sharing

This excellent piece by the ABC highlights what we have known for a long time: that sharing a house is often the only viable option for many older women in the face of rocketing rental prices and the many other barriers we face. Click here to watch.

Therese Hall from Western Sydney University interviewed women in our Movement and in the featured Gold Coast group, as part of her doctoral thesis.

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Homelessness Week in Canberra – Image Gallery

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Homelessness Week in Canberra – “Ageing in a housing crisis” Report Launch

Housing for the Aged Action Group have put together this YouTube video https://youtu.be/N24MOpYD2xU covering the launch of the report “Ageing in a Housing Crisis” which took place in Parliament House on Thu 10 Aug 2023.

You can access the full report, a summary and an infographic here.

Key data from Report which compares ABS Data from 2011 to 2021

1. Over 55s in population risen from 25.6% to 29.1%

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Homelessness Week in Canberra – in the Senate

Senator David Pocock is Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Housing and introduced all 8 women with lived experience who formed Housing for the Aged Action Group’s Canberra delegation, to the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.
Thank you, Senator, for your acknowledgment of our advocacy to prevent women in the future experiencing what we have in the past.
Many changes are needed to make this vision a reality and we need champions with influence to work with us.

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We’re going to Canberra

Next week is Homelessness Week and Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) are taking a delegation of older women to Canberra where over 25 meetings have been arranged with various Senators, Ministers, and MPs.

Maggie and Linda from the HOW Movement will be representing Queensland and are looking forward to a busy week, along with delegates from WA, NSW, and VIC.

On Thursday 10 August from 12.15-1.15pm you can join Maggie and Linda and the rest of the delegation online at the Parliament House launch of the latest report: “Ageing in a Housing Crisis”.

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Queensland Housing Summit

HOW Movement members were delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Summit called by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, along with Kobi Maglen from Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG). You can watch a recording of the first session here.

Linda took the first opportunity to speak from the floor on behalf of Older Women, asking that people with lived experience of homelessness and housing stress are listened to in formulating solutions.

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Meeting with Minister Enoch

10 days after the Ministerial Announcement, we had a follow-up meeting with Minister for Communities and Housing, Leeanne Enoch

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Co-creating Community Workshop with Jason Hilder

Members of the Housing Older Women Movement, Innovation House, and Co-Creating Community met to workshop what would be required to initiate stages in developing collaborative housing initiatives. Participants came from Tin Can Bay, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich as well as greater Brisbane.

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Meeting with NHHA Review Productivity Commissioners

HOW Movement Core Group members and staff and members of the Housing for the Aged Action Group met with the Productivity Commissioners, Malcolm Roberts and Romlie Mokak, and their team to discuss the review of the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement.

Both groups followed up with a formal submission to the Review. You can read ours here.

We have included a summary of the key findings from our consultation with Older Women here

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