The Family

We have carefully curated environments that support micro-communities to empower displaced individuals and regain their sense of belonging.

Millennials

Millennials

Affordable housing is becoming more unreachable to the majority of Millennials. Zion Arks aim to provide a space that is both affordable and conducive to their personal development.

Digital Nomads

Digital Nomads

The pandemic has changed the way people work and where they work from. Zion Ark provides a space for professionals to not only get their work done but also engage with the community around them and learn from the local experiences of others.

Retirees

Retirees

Without a community, retirement can be very lonely. Retirees living within Zion Ark will find a neighbourhood that will engage them with new perspectives, improving their physical and cognitive health.

Displaced

Displaced

A lasting positive impact can be made by surrounding displaced individuals with a community that is free of a social hierarchy. To provide opportunities for the re-establishment of relationships, careers, and standard of living.
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Millennials

Affordable housing is becoming more unreachable to the majority of Millennials. The aim of Zion Ark is to provide a space that is both affordable and conducive to their personal development. 

Displaced

A lasting positive impact can be made by surrounding displaced individuals with a community that is free of a social hierarchy. To provide opportunities for the re-establishment of relationships, careers, and standard of living.

Retirees

Without a community, retirement can be very lonely. Retirees living within Zion Ark will find a neighbourhood that will engage them with new perspectives, improving their physical and cognitive health.

Digital Nomads

The pandemic has changed the way people work and where they work from. Zion Ark provides a space for professionals to not only get their work done but also engage with the community around them and learn from the local experiences of others.

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Millennials

Consists of a group of people born between 1980 – 2000. 

Over 1 billion dollars will be invested to universities under the New City Deal to establish CBD campus locations – creating a greater demand for student accomodation within the city centre boundaries.

Over 1 billion dollars will be invested to universities under the New City Deal to establish CBD campus locations – creating a greater demand for student accomodation within the city centre boundaries.

Millenials have a greater sense of individual responsibility due to Covid-19 global pandemic.

Housing affordability has become a greater challenge for the younger generation as the ratio of household incomes to housing expenses have disproportionally fallen to unaffordable levels that causes greater difficulties to enter the private housing market.

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Retirees

The average retirement age in Australia is 55.4 years.

1 in 6 people experiencing homelessness are over 55 years old.

Financial instability can be a leading factor in homeless retirement as certain life circumstances may lead to the individual becoming homeless.

Some factors may include:

  • Unexpected life events such as the death of a family member, a marriage breakdown or a pandemic.
  • Generations of disadvantage, dispossession from land and impact of stolen generation on older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Older migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities may have less superannuation savings and lack of access and awareness of financial services.

For roughly 57% of Australia’s retired population, pension or government allowances are their main source of income.

A work bonus is an incentive by the Australian Government which is made available for seniors who wish to increase their pension allowance by holding a casual or part-time position at Zion-Ark.

A report finding by ANZSOG presents that most superannuation accounts held by Indigenous Australians are likely to only amass half of the average superannuation values held by non-indigenous Australians.

Mental stimulation and social contacts have proven to reduce the chances of cognitive impairment and delay the onset of dementia.

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Digital Nomads

People who are location-independent and use technology to perform their job remotely.

As post Covid world adjusts to the norm, the digital nomad ideal has grown in great numbers as a response to workers untethering from the office and cubicles model due to city-wide lockdowns and stay at home orders.

American digital nomads alone has seen an increase of 112% from 7.3m people in 2019 to 15.5m people in 2021.

The state government has committed 18 million dollars under the Perth City Deal to encourage start-ups, small businesses and researches to encourage innovaation in space robotics, automation and AI command sector.

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Displaced

Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘Displaced’ as “forcing someone or something out of its usual or original position”.

People of all ages and backgrounds are at risk of homelessness but according to data from the Census, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children and older women are more vulnerable to homelessness than other groups in society.

  • Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander people: Despite accounting for only 3.3% of our population, 20% of all people experiencing homelessness identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and experience much higher rates of overcrowding.
  • children and young people: children and young people living with a single parent or fleeing family and domestic violence can be particularly vulnerable to homelessness. In 2018-2019, 18% of all people who received assistance from specialist homelessness services were under the age of 25. Children under the age of nine were overrepresented among children who received assistance from a homelessness service.
  • Older women: More than 6,800 women aged 55 and over are homeless but the proportion of older women experiencing homelessness continues to increase, with a rise of over 30% in five years. Additionally, older women experiencing homelessness are typically hidden from view, with many moving between family or friends or live in overcrowded dwellings.
Every night, more than 116,000 people in Australia experience homelessness —although the most visible experience of homelessness involves sleeping rough on the streets, this type of homelessness only represents 7% of the homeless population. Thousands of men, women, young people and children forced to ‘couch surf’, seek shelter in a car or rely on temporary accommodation, are experiencing different forms of homelessness. People living in severely overcrowded dwellings or inadequate forms of shelter that fall well below adequate standards, such as boarding houses and caravan parks, are also considered to be experiencing homelessness.

Homeless Categories

People without conventional accommodation (living in the streets, in deserted buildings, improvised dwellings, under bridges, in parks, etc.)

Secondary homelessness: people moving between various forms of temporary shelter including friends, emergency accommodation, youth refuges, hostels and boarding houses.

People living in single rooms in private boarding houses without their own bathroom, kitchen, or security tenure.

People in housing situations close to the minimum standard.

Where it is inappropriate to apply the minimum standard,  e.g. seminaries, goals, student halls of residence.

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Homeless

There are roughly 9,005 people who are homeless within the state of Western Australia.

This figure is comprised of the ‘hidden homeless’ – where they move between the homes of family members or, as is often the case with young people who ‘couch surf’, a series of friends. Some stay in refuges, boarding houses, cheap motels, caravans and even cars. As you can imagine, such uncertainty can take an enormous toll on a person’s self worth and capacity to go to school, find work and stay healthy.

The causes of homelessness are numerous and complex. Homelessness can be caused by poverty, unemployment or by a shortage of affordable housing, or it can be triggered by family breakdown, mental illness, sexual assault, addiction, financial difficulty, gambling or social isolation. domestic violence is the single biggest cause of homelessness in Australia.

Domestic and family violence is one of the main reasons people seek support from specialist homelessness services. In 2018-2019, 40% of people in search of accommodation at specialist homelessness services experienced domestic and family violence. This threat to their safety means many women and their children are forced to leave their homes, often with nowhere to go.

Response Considerations: Perth City Rough Sleeper Plan

  • Advocate for resources and services to support people experiencing rough sleeping in the City of Perth.
  • Coordination of services in the public realm.
  • Improving connection of people sleeping rough to support services.
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of people sleeping rough.
  • Understanding rough sleeping trends in the City of Perth.
  • Improve the community’s understanding and awareness of homelessness, particularly rough sleeping.

In addition to achieving individual and population-level outcomes, there is strong evidence that a system that prioritizes preventative and wrap around support is more cost-effective than a system heavily weighted toward the traditional crisis support approach.

Moving away from treating the problem in an uncoordinated manner at the point of crisis and investing in an integrated system that prioritizes prevention, fast rehousing and an adequate supply of affordable long-term housing.

As one Australian study found, people sleeping rough are less likely to have their own GP. When symptoms become too severe to ignore they go to hospital emergency wards. They are admitted to hospital more often and stay longer. In the 12 months after the 44 clients in this Perth-based study were housed, emergency admissions were reduced by 57% and overnight stays by 53%. the overall health-care savings was A$404,028.

“Homelessness is not who people are – it is something people experience at a specific point in time.”

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