This research investigates lower income older households’ preferences for a range of alternative housing models and examines which of these would best meet their needs, as well as identifying ways to support households deciding their housing options.
The findings of this project provide key evidence for consideration in developing a market for alternative housing options.
Seven alternative housing models were presented to a nationally representative sample of older people. These composite models—each with a unique combination of tenure, construction, location, social composition, shared space and technology characteristics—included a mixed use apartment building option; a cooperative housing option; a communal housing option; a transportable home option; a shared equity home ownership option; a dual key property option; and a village-style housing option.
• The supporting structures that exist to assist older Australians to make housing decisions are not always easy to navigate, nor comprehensive and are often delivered in a form that does not meet the preferences of older lower income Australians.
• There is an opportunity to develop a central repository of local housing information, with staff to assist those in need by providing up-to-date housing information and to bridge the gap in supporting structures.
• Presented with seven alternative housing options, lower income older Australians expressed a clear preference for a shared equity home ownership model, a cooperative housing model and a transportable home model. Just over one in ten respondents did not like any of the alternative housing options presented in this research.
Housing aspirations of precariously housed older Australians here.