This report is the third in KPMG’s series on workforce discrimination against women. It makes public policy suggestions to support an especially disadvantaged group in which women are over‑represented — those over 50 years of age who are renting privately. Many of these women have experienced disadvantage through their working‑age years, leading to financial hardship in retirement, including having to pay rent through not owning their own homes.
We know that 67 percent of those aged 65 and over who are living alone are women. Further, women receive 56 percent of the Commonwealth Rent Assistance paid to individuals and families on very low incomes.