Frequently Asked Questions

How many elderly people are currently homeless in Australia?

The 2011 Census recorded 105,000 Australians as homeless. 15,000 were in the 55+ age group of which 5,330 were women. The Census estimates that close to 500 people over the age of 55 will be homeless in Sydney tonight.

Aren’t there other services in the area helping these people?

Yes, there are a number of established services, but simply not enough to support the great and growing need. There are currently no services that can offer the unique combination of permanent accommodation and specialised healthcare that so many elderly homeless people desperately need.

What sort of care will be available to residents at HammondCare Darlinghurst?

It will provide 24/7 specialist care for those who may be living with health or mental wellbeing issues that require very specific care. These could include chronic disease, dementia, mental illness or simply significant frailty. All care will be delivered within a framework that is personalised and maximises independence.

What is the role of St John’s Anglican Church Darlinghurst?

HammondCare is partnering with St John’s Anglican Church in Darlinghurst with whom we have a long-term lease of the site. The Church has been supporting homeless men and women in the area for almost 30 years and welcomes the initiative of HammondCare to build this ground-breaking service.

How will HammondCare determine those with the greatest need?

Referrals will be made through strong partnerships with surrounding homeless services including St Vincent's Hospital. Admission decisions will be made based on reviewing the physical, psychological and social needs of each person using the Care Planning Assessment Tool (CPAT).

Why is there an increasing problem of homelessness amongst elderly women in Sydney?

A growing number of elderly women are experiencing housing crises and homelessness for the first time later in life. For many of this group, a lack of financial resources and assets has meant that they are unable to sustain their housing.

A report commissioned by the Mercy Foundation found the largest proportion of elderly women in housing crises had led conventional lives – renting while working and raising a family. Few had previous involvement with welfare. Lack of affordable housing is considered to be a major driver but other contributing factors can be marriage breakdown, accidents, chronic illness and job loss.