Australia’s ‘tsunami’ of homeless older women something ‘we should have seen coming’

Australia's 'tsunami' of homeless older women something 'we should have seen coming'

Pip Rose could not face a day without her little dog and companion Harvey, but accommodating him in affordable rental accommodation in Canberra has proved far from easy.

Earlier this year she became unemployed and fell behind on rent and debt repayments.

But her story is not unusual.

At a solutions-based workshop in Canberra, expert Dr Andrea Sharam said Ms Rose was part of the “tsunami” of middle-aged women facing housing stress, that Australia’s governments “should have seen coming”.

She said real solutions, like assigning housing for older women — in a scheme similar to Defence Housing — or converting old office blocks into temporary accommodation were some of the immediate measures governments could take.

“It was my lowest point because I knew I just did not have the money,” Ms Rose said. “I have got to admit it was a scary place to be.”

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