Women more than 80 years old are turning to Canberra’s homeless services for shelter, forced out of housing by the ACT’s rental market, low savings and family violence. Homelessness services are reporting a rise in clients who are elderly women, some resorting to sleeping in cars and couch surfing for shelter before seeking help. . . .
Of 175 women seeking homelessness support from the YWCA last financial year, 55 named family violence as the main reason for leaving home.