The Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS conducted a 12-month research project into cohousing for seniors, examining the opportunities presented by cohousing for seniors in NSW, the existing barriers to uptake, and ideas for overcoming these barriers.
In NSW, it was recognised that housing the ageing population in homes that are affordable, accessible and stable presents a major challenge for the state, particularly in a time of rising housing costs and cohousing could be part of the solution.
New models are needed to address social isolation, tenure insecurity, care costs and seniors’ aspirations to age in place. Cohousing with its emphasis on social interaction, environmental sustainability and accessible design, may be one such model and provide an attractive housing alternative for seniors. The research looked at how to make it happen in NSW.
The research was funded by a NSW Department of Family and Community Services Liveable Communities Grant and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Below are link to the media coverage, factsheets, reports and reviews. For more information, visit the UTS website.
- Co-housing works well for older people, once they get past the image problem,
The Conversation, 23 June 2017.
- Co-housing oldies
ABC Radio National, Life Matters, 7 July 2017
- Sydney housing market tough on retirees
7 News Sydney, 23 June 2017
- Wendy Harmer interview with Laura Wynne
ABC Radio Sydney, 23 June 2017