How to Keep Your Place: Vulnerability of Older Indigenous Women to Homelessness in Far North Queensland

Frances Every investigates the issue of older Indigenous issue women who’s tenancies are threatened by overcrowding and are ‘forced to choose between telling families to leave or being evicted’. As Every writes, cultural obligations to take care of extended family, combined with entrenched disadvantage and chronic housing shortages in remote regions, contribute to a cycle of overcrowding, homelessness and vulnerability for many older Indigenous women.

While recognising the remarkable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to social and humanitarian issues, NAIDOC Week is also a time to demand better funding for safe, secure and culturally appropriate housing that reflects traditional family structures and the important role that Aboriginal women play as leaders, elders and in caring for kin and communities.

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Source: Parity Magazine