YWCA Canberra has launched "Next Door", a new wrap-around support service to help older women at risk of homelessness navigate a path back to secure housing.
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.
Single older women comprise a rapidly growing cohort facing housing insecurity and the risk of homelessness.
A new report into housing affordability has called for urgent action to develop and subsidise smaller housing stock in Canberra. The Safe and Well green paper revealed an estimated 20,000 Canberra households were experiencing housing stress, with rent consuming up to 70 per cent of incomes. Other contributors to the green paper see opportunity in some of Canberra's more than 100,000 square