We chat with Capital Daily reporter Anna J James about her recent article on 64-year-old ‘lifer’ Richard Higgins and her time spent with him over the last year learning about his struggles in navigating Victoria’s challenging housing market.
When you’re 64 and you’ve spent half your life incarcerated. Where can you call home That was the question posed by Capital Daily reporter Anna J. James earlier this week in an article she penned after spending a year following Richard Higgins, a 64-year-old man who has spent 32 years in the correctional system. In the article, Anna goes into detail about how Richard was navigating the tortuous path toward finding stable housing, from a halfway house to a squalid apartment to a dangerous roommate and back again. Higgins has lived through some of the worst of what Victoria's notoriously challenging housing market has to offer, and James's empathetic feature revealed what housing is available to people with barriers—and what they need to overcome to put a roof over their heads. Host Ben Waterworth talks to Anna more about her incredible article and learns more stories from the incredibly interesting story Richard has to tell.