Australia’s older population is growing rapidly – it’s predicted it will more than double between 2010 and 2050. With an ageing population and growing levels of housing stress and homelessness across Australia, we need to act now to address the challenges faced by older people that place them at risk of homelessness.
Older women continue to be particularly vulnerable to later-in-life homelessness, due to lack of superannuation, financial dependence, and domestic and family violence. Older women are also more likely to be renting and to ask for help from specialist homelessness services than older men.
At Mission Australia we see many cases where a relationship has broken down after a couple have moved to our region to retire. Often the woman is vulnerable because of a lack of financial independence and may not have local support networks to fall back on.
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