Nearly one in five homeless people in Tasmania is more than 55 years old. Older women are particularly vulnerable to poverty and rental stress due to longer lives and lower income from superannuation. In some Local government areas over 30% of the population is over 65.
A number of reports on older people and housing have recently been released:
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have just released Older Australia at a Glance, which details Australia’s older population as well as information specific to Tasmania.
- Retiring into Poverty. A National Plan for Change: Increasing Housing Security for Older Women is a collaborative national document, with input from Shelter SA. It outlines the issues facing older women living in housing insecurity or homelessness and identifies needed changes to policies and programs.
- The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has released a report on Supporting older lower income tenants in the private rental sector, which discusses issues such as rent increases, insecure tenure and physically inappropriate housing for older people in the private rental market.
Source: Shelter Tasmania