Report Finds Sharp Rise in Older Women Experiencing Homelessness

Maggie Coggan at Pro Bono News writes:

Older women experiencing homelessness has risen 31 per cent since 2011, according to new research.
The report, “Retiring into Poverty”, released by the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group, said systemic factors such as lower superannuation, unequal pay and forced time off to raise children were key factors of the increase.
The number of older women accessing the private rental market increased by 45,000 in a five year period, which according to the report, was not viable for older women who were experiencing poverty due to systematic factors.
[A]n issue older women faced was they tended to not “self identify as experiencing homelessness”, meaning more work had to be done within the sector to identify them.
The model we have in Australia is completely broken, because it’s based on crisis services. What we need to have is a housing response for older women experiencing homelessness because they simply need affordable housing . . .

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