New report calls for government commitment to combat homelessness

Calls for urgent government action to build 60,000 additional social housing dwellings are being made by Mission Australia following the release of their new report.

The report, Ageing and Homelessness: solutions for a growing problem highlights the impact Australia’s growing ageing population and housing stress will have on the number of homeless older Australians.

Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeomans warns of an increase in homeless seniors is imminent with the population of older Australians aged over 65 expected to more than double by 2057.

“The number of people aged over 55 who are reaching out for assistance from specialist homelessness services continues to grow,” she explains.

“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.”

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