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Secure, appropriate, and affordable housing is a basic human right.

Secure, appropriate, and affordable housing is a basic human right.

With 80% of low-income earners paying more rent than they can afford, Australia’s ageing population, along with a decline in home ownership, has triggered an increase in homelessness across Australia.

A report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (2019), found a growing number of people are experiencing homelessness for the first time later in life. At the last census, 18,625 people aged 55 years or over were without a home.

Older women are particularly more at risk of homelessness, due to factors including family violence, divorce and limited income from superannuation.

Social housing plays a critical role in supporting people impacted by the housing affordability crisis.

Seven years ago, Baptcare launched a subsidiary, Baptcare Affordable Housing (BAH), to provide affordable, well-located, and well-built housing for people on lower incomes who are at risk of, or are experiencing, homelessness.

Providing a home to over 170 residents, we currently manage 100 apartments, units and houses across communities in Victoria and Tasmania. Our average annual occupancy rate of 98.7%.

BAH has made a long-term commitment to expand our affordable housing communities and engage effectively with government, at both a state and federal level, to build on our existing resources and broaden our contribution to this sector.

As well as providing affordable housing, BAH also advocates for the disadvantaged people in our community.

If you have land, existing buildings you are using to house disadvantaged people, or would like to get involved in any way, please contact us.

To find out more about the work we do alongside those experiencing homelessness, please refer to our latest annual report.

Recent News

01 Apr 2021

Bec's story

When Foundations started working with Bec she had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, was living at home with her parents and had frequent bouts of hospitalisation following severe episodes of self-harm. Bec was despondent about her future, and during her first session with her Foundations Care Coordinator said that she understood her diagnosis to mean she was “just a horrible person”. Bec is an extremely intelligent young person with a wide range of interests. When she started the program, she had little confidence she had anything to offer the world. Bec spent her days at home, in her room, knowing she wanted more from life but only seeing looming failure in her future. Bec‘s Foundations Care Coordinator took time building rapport by taking walks through the countryside, progressively engaging her in conversation. Some of the early sessions were largely silent, but Bec slowly opened up and decided she wanted to try university and look for a part-time job. Bec then started acting, applied for a part-time job and was successful, and applied for a pre-degree program at uni. Bec was successful at that too, and juggled her wellbeing with her studies, achieving a particularly high-grade point average. The year was not an easy one for Bec though (with several difficult episodes in her mental health, and a requested medication change), but she got through it with support from her Foundations Care Coordinator and the Disability Support Office at university. Bec slowly grew in confidence, and at the end of the Foundations program she could make plans, act on them and adapt when things didn’t quite pan out. Bec was awarded a significant scholarship with accommodation at UTAS, had her diagnosis and medication changed, and was now living happily without MHS support. *Name changed to protect privacy

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Barbara and Sam's story: Baptcare Karana Residential Aged Care Community

19 Feb 2021

Changes to Victorian Government COVID restrictions from Thursday, 18 February 2021