A precarious place: older women, housing insecurity & homelessness

For many women, home is a provisional place. This has long been true. Violence, dispossession and poverty are not new. What is recent is the increase in the number of women over the age of 55 experiencing housing stress, insecurity and homelessness. Older women’s homelessness is often dismissed as less significant or ‘real’ because street homelessness and ‘rough sleeping’, which are male dominated, are taken as the standard.