The rate of homelessness among older women in the NT is 19 times higher than the national rate and while the NT saw a decline in homelessness generally between 2011 and 2016, the number of older women experiencing homelessness remains stable.
The 2018 National Homelessness Conference, presenting the theme ‘Ending homelessness together’, delivered a wealth of evidence and information on ways to understand, reduce and alleviate homelessness. Over 800 delegates and more than 80 speakers participated across two very full days, exploring the underlying drivers of homelessness and the differing strategies on how best to overcome it.
There is a limited access to physically, culturally and spiritually sensitive support services and housing options for First Nations Australians. The ongoing social and economic exclusion of female Elders and future female Elders will contribute to compounded historical and personal traumas, and do nothing to decolonise Australia and Australian support services.
The genesis of this research commenced several years ago as the impactof Western Australia’s ‘resources boom’ was becoming evident. Although that period augured in years of prosperity for some Western Australians, for many – especially those on lower and xed incomes – the rising cost of living became problematic.