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.
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.
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.
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.