Choosing, maintaining and leaving retirement housing can be complex and difficult.
There are multiple things to consider such as your contract, the type of housing you are living in or wanting to live in, the law that protects you, and of course your preferences and priorities.
Housing for the Aged Action Group has launched the Retirement Housing Service to provide information to anyone living in, or interested in Retirement Housing and who is financially disadvantaged; and aged over 55yrs. You can call on 9654 7389 to discuss your unique situation.
This unique service is invaluable in the current climate. The number of homeless older people is increasing within Australia from 12,246 people in 2006 to 14,851 people in 2011. There are increasing numbers of older people in insecure private rental housing, where some pay 65% of their income in rent and can be evicted within 60 days.
COTA Victoria and Housing for the Aged Action Group and other organisations are calling on the government to develop and integrated older persons’ housing strategy.
These issues are not exclusively Victorian problems. Across the border in New South Wales, lack of security of tenure hit hard recently and the evictions of war widows – some in their 90’s – from their homes have been in the news. Jeff Fiedler, National Development Worker Housing for the Aged Action Group, was on A Current Affair on 31 October 2017, speaking on this issue:
‘This is typical of many retirement housing providers who are moving away from their original charter of supporting people on low incomes.’ said Jeff. ‘Being forced to move can have a devastating impact on the lives of older people. These women are distressed […] and they have no idea where they will be living next.’
More information about this service on HAAG website