We believe there is an urgent need to increase older people's access to secure, affordable housing, and we lobbied the NSW State Government on this issue extensively in the lead up the 2015 election.
The importance of housing as a policy issue was confirmed by our 2014 Consumer Survey, which focused on housing. The data we received went into producing our 2014 50+ Report.Click here to to download a full copy of the 50+ Report 2014.
We are also lobbying the Government to do more to protect existing stocks of affordable housing, including residential communities (parks). COTA NSW, in conjunction with The Aged-care Rights Service, wrote a joint submission pertaining to Residential (Land Lease) Communities Regulation 2014.
COTA NSW is also calling on the Government to reform their policies so that older residents of social housing are better served. In particular, we are recommending that older tenants in social housing be given security of tenure.
We made this and other recommendations in our submission in response to the Family and Community Services (FACS) document Social Housing in NSW: a discussion paper for input and comment.Click here to read the COTA NSW submission.
COTA NSW is also active on policy advisory committees working to improve older people’s access to housing, including the Housing NSW – NGO Housing Partners Reference Group.
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