Shelter WA was proud, in partnership with Connect Victoria Park and Lisa Baker MLA for Maylands, to launch Reimagining Home – A Framework for Creating Home with Older Single Women on Low Incomes so they can age well in their communities of choice.
This significant research project by Liz Lennon, from Focused Solutions, a single older women with experience of poverty, housing stress and homelessness, brings to life a new future of housing options.
The Reimagining Home Innovation Framework is centered in five critical elements of Beautiful, Affordable, Sustainable, Connected and Powerful housing options that have been co-created by single older women, a group of people in our community who are usually unseen or disregarded. Four building blocks of research, engagement, design and building, provide the essential elements needed to collaboratively create homes so single older women can age well.
For many older single women systemic issues and political failures have placed them into poverty, housing stress and homelessness. This is a structural issue society has created. Reimagining home provides the tools to shift our thinking and demonstrates how through value driven partnerships we can innovate into a new normal when it comes to housing options for people on low incomes. We can work together to reimagine a home, with values and principles that respect the diversity of older people living in poverty so we can all age well in our communities.
A copy of the Reimagining Home Framework, Summary Document and Look Book which has examples of social and affordable homes developed with and for older women on low incomes and a range of community identities can be found here.