Despite the growing understanding in the community, national housing and homelessness policy is yet to catch up. There is a considerable challenge in translating this community awareness to policy visibility. Given the first stumbling block is the lack of a national housing policy that resembles a comprehensive and effective housing strategy, the possibility a housing strategy that is both age and gender-responsive seems even more remote.

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“With just over 40% of CRA recipients in housing stress after receiving CRA, females making up 66% of unassisted requests for specialist homelessness service and almost 200 000 households waiting for social housing, it is clear than when housing supports fail from under-investment, it is women and their children who are left with nowhere to go.”

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