‘Emerging group’ of older Aussies at risk of homelessness

Expensive housing and poor or non-existent superannuation is putting an “emerging group” of older Australians at increased risk of homelessness.

Mission Australia’s report into homelessness and older Australians has found that the number of people over 55 who need assistance “continues to grow”.

CEO Catherine Yeomans said: “The high cost of housing is placing great financial strain on many older people, particularly those who are renting.

“For people who are surviving on social security payments like the age pension, there’s not much left over after paying the rent each week.”

Continuing, she called on all levels of government to provide services and accommodation that meet the needs of Australia’s older population.

“Appropriate housing that is truly affordable is a key part of the solution.

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