Poverty & homelessness
The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study providing an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes.
The problems of homelessness are largely systemic and cannot be solved by community goodness alone. The Housing All Australians strategy shows how the private sector, working with the community sector, can provide immediate short-term shelter in buildings that are vacant pending planning & development process.
It is getting harder for older renters to find adequate, appropriate and secure housing. Older women – the focus of my work – are at particular risk. This is due to longer life expectancy, lower incomes across the life course, and less access to benefits like superannuation.
The number of homeless people in Australia jumped by more than 14,000 — or 14 per cent — in the five years to 2016, according to census data which also reveals a "significant" increase in older women on the streets and a growing group living in overcrowded accommodation. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said 116,000 people were homeless on census night in 2016, representing 50
In Japan the homeless are ignored, not just by the government but also the public, and this sets off a vicious cycle. It is left to volunteer groups to provide food and essentials to the homeless population of Tokyo. “Twenty million people live below the poverty line within Japan.
Only about 6 per cent of homeless people in Australia are sleeping rough; the rest are in temporary accommodation, sleeping in their cars or couchsurfing. And one of the most shocking trends from the data is the increase in homelessness among older women.
Older adults are at greater risk of homelessness than at any time in recent history.The population is aging, and more adults are aging into poverty. At the same time, housing is becoming more unaffordable and the costs of necessities like health care are rising, leaving older adults at risk of poverty and homelessness.
The largest proportion of older women presenting with housing crisis in Australia have led conventional lives, and rented whilst working and raising a family. Few have previously had involvement with welfare and other support systems. Older women’s risk of homelessness can be lessened by the way welfare and housing systems work and interact with older women.
Both the Northern Ireland (NI) and Republic of Ireland (ROI) governments have stated a policy preference for older people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, as they age. However, the implications of this policy aspiration have received less attention, particularly the relationship between housing and health.
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