The Australian Government recently released The Road Home, a white paper on homelessness.

As part of their strategy, the government says it will amend the Aged Care Act 1997 to include older people who are homeless as a ‘special needs’ group.  As part of the new policy direction, the government will provide places and capital funding support for four new specialist facilities by 2012.

This is an important step as older citizens are likely to be adversely affected by the economic downturn.