Poverty & homelessness

'Having to ask for somewhere to live, it's difficult indeed': Single, female, homeless. Australia's shameful crisis

Older women are the fastest-growing cohort of homeless people in Australia today. According to census data, the number of women aged 65 to 74 describing themselves as homeless increased by 51 per cent in the five years to 2016.
2020

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.
2019

Rental Affordability Index 2019

Rental affordability for single pensioners is alarmingly poor. Across the nation, the single pensioner household is facing Severely Unaffordable and Extremely Unaffordable rents.
2019

Ease the affordable-housing burden for older Californians

The disproportionate impact of evictions and soaring rents on older Californians is a frequently overlooked element of the state’s affordable housing crisis.
2019

'No one wants to be homeless': A glimpse at life on the streets of Tokyo

Being homeless carries a powerful stigma in Japan, where society traditionally places strong importance on self-reliance. The method by which the ministry collects data — local officials patrolling areas during the afternoon and making informal observations — has been criticized as inaccurate.
2019

Living on the Street: Only Option for Some of Cuba’s Elderly

The number of homeless people is growing in Havana, as well as in the rest of the country. This article looks at the reasons behind the increase in older people facing homelessness.
2019

New door opens for older women facing homelessness in Canberra

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.
2019

What Comes After #MyMum – Preventing Homelessness Amongst Australia's Older Women

Older women now represent the fastest growing cohort of Australia’s homeless. In the ACT between 2016-17, women accounted for more than half of the people accessing specialist homelessness and housing services. Compounding an already precarious situation, older women will often find themselves at the mercy of the private rental market.
2019

The Aging Homeless Population: Our Elders Are Our Responsibility

The percentage of older homeless adults in the US is growing at an alarming rate.
2019

Life as an older renter and what it tells us about the urgent need for reform

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.
2018
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