Climate ready housing and shelter that targets the most vulnerable in our communities
Heat waves are severely impacting individuals and families that are living in thermally inefficient housing, (including public housing, private rental and privately-owned accommodation).
The highest temperatures in the region are often recorded in the lowest socio-economic areas where there is a lack of green space and a high proportion of people who are vulnerable to heat. This includes the elderly, those who are socially isolated, and those who either don’t have or cannot afford to run air-conditioning.
Living in these conditions considerably decreases their capacity and ability to activity adapt and recover from the effects of extreme heat and heatwaves. The flow on effect puts a significant burden and cost onto local health, social and welfare services.