Older single women are one of the fastest growing cohorts of people experiencing homelessness and most of them have never been homeless before. This paper identifies the underlying systemic and compounding causes of older women’s homelessness, examines the devastating impact of gendered economic inequality and the key policy areas that require attention.
It calls for and outlines a national agenda for action to address the alarming 31% rise in homelessness amongst older women between the 2011 and 2016 censuses and the incredible 97% increase in the number of older women forced to rent in an increasingly unaffordable private market over the 10-year period to 2016.
ERA is pleased to be a part of the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group. We join a coalition of community organisations, advocates and researchers calling for action on this urgent issue. Today the Working Group has released this report setting out a roadmap for change with a series of recommendations to our national decision-makers.
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