The Housing and Ageing Alliance
The Housing and Ageing Alliance is made up of a broad spectrum of people from local and national organisations working together with a single objective; to bring about improvements to the housing and living conditions of older people.
It believes that homes, communities and housing related services should be planned and designed in ways that enable choice, control, inclusion and independence in later life.
At a time of unprecedented demographic change, creating homes and neighbourhoods that enable older people to remain independent, economically active and involved with their friends, neighbours, family and local community has never been more important.
- Around a third of all homes are headed by an person over retirement age [2001 Census]
- 59% of the increase in households will be headed by someone aged 65 or over, 21% will be amongst those of 85 years and over [DCLG Household Growth Projections (England) for 2008 to 2033]
- 90% of older people live in mainstream housing, 75% are home owners [2001 Census/ DCLG Annual Survey of English Housing]
What are its Aims?
- To raise the profile of the housing and housing related care and support needs and aspirations of an ageing population.
- To make representations to Government, policy makers and decision making bodies concerning the above.
View the brochure summarising the case for action by local and national government - Housing and Ageing: The Big Issue, (pdf, 400kb)
- Housing and Ageing Alliance Caring for our future response 011211 (pdf, 60k)
- National Alliance welcomes Minister's commitment to older people's freedom to choose where they live 120112 (doc, 37k)
- Indivisible: Health, Care & Housing for Older People 080212 (doc, 38k)
- Comments on JSNA and joint health and wellbeing strategy draft guidance: 16 February 2012 (pdf, 174K)
Who are the Members?
Membership reflects a range of housing interests including older people who are active in housing related networks, national organisations from the statutory, voluntary and private sectors which are involved in the planning, development and delivery of housing and related services, academic interests and those involved in policy development and representation on various housing related advisory bodies.
The group has no funding - its key resource is the expertise and commitment of those involved.
At a time of unprecedented demographic change, it is critical that housing, planning, health and social care policies address population ageing. Our manifesto sets out a range of key proposals to ensure that all related policies aim to enable older people to live independently where they choose and provides the evidence why this cannot be ignored. Read the HAA manifesto and call for action.
The Housing and Ageing Alliance has launched a series of policy papers to stimulate debate and a coherent policy response to the critical issue of demographic change and housing.
The first two papers are now available (click on their titles to download):