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There are 15,000 people over the age of 55 sleeping rough in Australia on any given night, including 2000 over the age of 75. They’re couch surfing, living in cars, staying in short term accommodation like boarding houses, or seeking shelter on the streets.

There are many reasons why some older people don’t have safe, secure housing. Relationship breakdown, loss of income, insufficient superannuation and poor health can sometimes be to blame. Whatever the reason, Age Matters is here to help.

Assistance with Care and Housing

Last year we supported 90 clients to find appropriate housing. They say we’ve changed their lives. We say they’ve changed ours.

Age Matters receives funding from the Australian Government through its Assistance with Care and Housing (ACH) Program.

The Program enables us to help people who are over the age of 50 and are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

Sustainable housing solutions

IRT is proud to reserve a portion of its retirement village stock for supported housing. Retirement villages are a good solution. They offer affordable housing in a community of likeminded people.

However, they are only one solution. Age Matters takes the time to get to know our clients so we can match them with the right housing, in the right community, for the right price.

We want our clients to feel safe, supported and independent.

Help with settling in

Moving in can be a stressful time. We enjoy helping our clients to settle in and connect with their community. Whether it’s setting up house, meeting the neighbours or stocking the fridge, we’re here to help.

We also regularly run donation drives for household goods. Good quality kitchen appliances, bedding and cleaning products are always in demand.

More housing for more people

Age Matters is working to increase the supply of affordable age-appropriate housing by seeking partners and investment. We are an approved Community Housing Provider and we continually seek new sources of funding for our Assistance with Care and Housing service.

We also help fund vital research into new housing models for older people.

Support our work

Donate online, or register your interest to support an Age Matters donation drive or fundraising event.

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Contact us and our friendly team will get in touch.

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