Preventing Homelessness in Older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Project

This exciting 12 month project is a joint initiative of HAAG (Housing for Aged Action Group) and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria. It is funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

The key aim of the project is to prevent homelessness amongst older people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. It has a focus on targeting older CALD communities that have high proportions of renters.

The key initiatives will include:

  • Increase access to Home at Last services through community education and links to information on housing options. Home at Last is a free information, advice and referral service of Housing for the Aged Action Group.
  • Improve the ability for older people from CALD backgrounds to navigate the housing/homelessness system.
  • Increase awareness of Home at Last.
  • Increase the ability of the Home at Last service to respond in a culturally appropriate manner.

Four language groups have been identified as having high proportions of older renters and being at risk of homelessness. They are:

  • Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
  • Arabic Speaking
  • South Asian (Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu)
  • South Slavic (Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian)

We invite members from these communities to work with us and be part of this exciting project that will be launched in mid April.

For further information contact Gemma White, HAAG Project Officer on 9654 7389.

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