Report Finds Sharp Rise in Older Women Experiencing Homelessness

Older women experiencing homelessness has risen 31 per cent since 2011, according to new research.

The report, “Retiring into Poverty”, released by the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group, said systemic factors such as lower superannuation, unequal pay and forced time off to raise children were key factors of the increase.

The Working Group was lead by the Mercy Foundation, and consisted of a number of housing and homelessness policy leaders, researchers and practitioners.

CEO of the Mercy Foundation, Felicity Reynolds, told Pro Bono News the combination of women having a lower overall income and housing affordability in major cities was a cause of great instability.

“Housing affordability in the major cities has grown so significantly in the past decade that women who weren’t in a position to purchase a home during their lifetime, and are currently single in older age, are really suffering in the private rental market in major and regional cities,” Reynolds said.

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Source: Pro Bono Australia