South Australian seniors housing stress requires urgent action

With home ownership levels declining housing stress is a growing issue among seniors in Australia, particularly in conjunction with the growing figure of homelessness on the rise .

Latest numbers show that approximately one third of seniors in each state are in housing stress, with the ACT leading at 33.7 percent, followed by the Northern Territory and Queensland at 31.5 and 30.5 percent respectively.

Similarly, a recent report based on the latest 2016 Census data is showing that a severe number of older people are currently living in housing poverty due to a lack of affordable housing in South Australia.

The project report Finding a Suitable Home for Older People at Risk of Homelessness in South Australia, authored by Dr Debbie Faulkner from the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing Urban and Regional Planning and Jeff Fiedler from Ageing on the Edge Project Worker, has been handed in to the Council on the Ageing South Australia’s (COTA SA) Older Persons Housing Roundtable as well as the South Australian Government.

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