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Affordable rental housing for older people in Australia: What do older people want?

Colleen M. Cartwright, Southern Cross University

Abstract

This study aims to determine the perspectives of older community members and service providers in relation to design and location of affordable rental housing in a coastal retirement area of NSW, Australia. This was achieved by holding focus groups and interviews with older community members (n = 21) and service providers (n = 43). All participants reported a shortage of affordable rental housing suitable for older people in the area. The preferred option was for cluster units, possibly with an on-site carer, located in or close to town. Participants agreed that if choice was limited to "one-bedroom with large living area" or "two-bedrooms with small living area," the majority of single older people would choose the former option, provided there was adequate storage. The importance of asking the "right" question was demonstrated by responses to options for one- or two-bedroom units. Further research is needed to identify what baby boomers think will meet their need for future affordable housing.

Suggested Citation

Cartwright, CM 2007, 'Affordable rental housing for older people in Australia: What do older people want?' Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1114, iss. 1, pp. 258-266.

Publisher version available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1196/annals.1396.036