Top of page
Misc

Practical solutions to the housing crisis for vulnerable people

A woman in wheelchair looks out the window.
Photo: Dreamstime

Older people, renters, women, people with disabilities are among those most vulnerable to be hit hardest by Australia’s current housing crisis. What seems to have been lacking are practical ways to address problems and to alleviate the stresses especially felt by vulnerable Australians in this space.

Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Trust highlighted the four Churchill Fellows recently returned from their Fellowships about housing for the vulnerable, saying:

“We know Australia is experiencing a housing affordability crisis, and for vulnerable people in our community they feel it most. Australia needs practical ideas and solutions now to ensure there are suitable housing options,”

“Governments of all levels are looking for solutions. To find solutions, they just need to ask a Churchill Fellow: ‘How do we fix this? How can we learn from overseas?’ And they’ll get answers and ideas they might not have considered or even heard of.” said Mr Davey.

Recently returned Churchill Fellows have been to nine different nations and researched alternative and best practice housing models for women, older people, renters and people living with a disability.

Dr Victoria Cornell explored how and why alternative housing models for older people overseas are successful, and how they could be implemented in Australia. She saw first-hand solutions in Denmark, Germany, Japan, Singapore and USA.

Joel Dignam travelled to New Zealand, UK and USA to learn how to best build an organisation to grow the power of renters to advocate for social change.

Jennifer Kulas investigated innovative housing models for women in Austria, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and UK.

Kim Samuel learned first-hand from the US and Israel about best-practice communities and housing that support people living with a disability.

Mr Davey said “Churchill Fellows are passionate and willing to share, with fresh knowledge and the highest level of expertise,”

“These Fellows have collaborated with experts across several countries and have returned with solid knowledge about how to design and implement social housing, affordable housing and organising renters to advocate for improved rights,”

“That’s why Churchill Fellows go around the world to learn about better ways of doing things, and to bring back real and practical solutions that are working now in other countries that we can adopt in Australia,” said Mr Davey.

You might also like

APEC Human Resources Development Working Group plenary session APEC Human Resources Development Working Group plenary session

APEC pledges to empower persons with disabilities

APEC member economies through the Human Resources Development Working Group…

Senior with Alzheimer`s has difficulty playing puzzle Senior with Alzheimer`s has difficulty playing puzzle

New standards for psychotropic medicines aid cognitive disabilities

The Psychotropic Medicines in Cognitive Disability or Impairment Clinical Care…

a woman in wheelchair getting off from an accessible taxi a woman in wheelchair getting off from an accessible taxi

Interlake Region of Manitoba set to introduce Wheelchair-Accessible Transit System

The Interlake Region of Manitoba will benefit from on-demand public…

Disabled child in a wheelchair on a city street with family Disabled child in a wheelchair on a city street with family

UK government to reform disability benefits system

Plans to make the disability benefits system fit for the…