The Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project aims to address the rapidly growing problem of older people at risk of homelessness using an early intervention and prevention framework with a focus on achieving long term sustainable housing outcomes.  Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and partner, the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP), The University of Adelaide, have been awarded a grant of close to $1.2 million over five years to work with governments and the community nationally to develop effective service responses integrated across housing, health and aged care service sectors. The Home at Last best practice model developed by HAAG based only in Victoria, provides the structure for implementation of a fully integrated information, support and rapid re-housing methodology to address the problem.

The focus of the partnership between HAAG and CHURP (Centre for Housing, Urban Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide) fits very well with one of the Trust’s priorities for its 2015 grant round – assisting people to stay at home longer; including innovative models for supporting housing stability for older Australians at risk of homelessness’.