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Older Women and Homelessness: Lived Experiences of Accessing Social and Health Services

The purpose of this thesis was to explore the experiences of accessing health and social services for older women (50+) who have lived experience with homelessness. The connection between mental health issues, substance dependence, and trauma is recognized by many health and social service providers.
2017

Could retirement villages be the answer to affordable housing for older women?

With the rate of home ownership going down across Australia, the demand for social housing has never been higher – and retirement village operators are filling the gap, with a retirement village planned for the western Sydney suburb of Richmond the latest to promise to include social housing units.
2017

Ageing and Homelessness: Solutions for a growing problem

An ageing population and growing levels of housing stress will increase the number of people at risk of ageing in to homelessness. One in six people aged over 55 who received help from a homelessness service reported having financial difficulties. Appropriate housing that is truly affordable is a key part of the solution.
2017

What do single, older women want? Their ‘own little space’ (and garden) to call home, for a start

The “great Australian dream” of owning your own home is rapidly proving to be an illusion for many in the early 21st century. In an environment of exceedingly high house prices, groups who don’t have secure, long-term employment are at risk of homelessness, particularly as they age.
2017

Partnering for impact to reduce homelessness in Queensland

'Partnering for Impact' details the broad directions and initial actions to generate innovation and revitalisation in the Queensland Government's response to homelessness. The first step will implement 5-year service agreements for existing services.
2017

Women's Homelessness: International Evidence on Causes, Consequences, Coping and Policies

This paper reviews international evidence regarding women’s homelessness. It discusses different definitions of homelessness and how women are frequently part of the “hidden homeless” population and less a part of the unsheltered homeless population. It also considers the data that are used to enumerate and study homeless people.
2017

Chapter 9: Housing and economic security in retirement

This chapter of the report 'A husband is not a retirement plan' - Achieving economic security for women in retirement (Commonwealth of Australia, 2016), discusses the increase in the number of Australians, particularly women, who are relying on private rental accommodation in retirement. A number of participants in the inquiry highlighted the interrelationship between housing and econom
2016

Older Renters: The New Face of Poverty

Older private renters, especially those who are single and female, are the new face of poverty The number of older, single women in the private rental market increased by a massive 50 percent between the 2006 and 2011 ABS Censuses.
2016

On the Edge: the Financial Situation of Older Renters in the Private Rental Market in Sydney

In this study, based mainly on 17 in‐depth interviews, I explore the financial implications of being an older private renter in Sydney. I illustrate that there are three key factors which determine their degree of financial stress – the actual rent being paid; the degree of support from family members and whether the older renter is living in a single or couple household.
2016

Gendering Women's Homelessness

The importance of developing gender-sensitive policy responses to women's homelessness has emerged in recent literature on homelessness. To achieve this, policy responses must recognise the diverse and complex needs of all homeless women, including those accompanied or unaccompanied by their children.
2016
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