Seeking housing help: The barriers to safe, stable homes in Bendigo

‘OLDER’ single women are the fastest growing group of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness, according to a new report.

And women in Bendigo are not immune, with service providers identifying a need for additional accommodation suitable for the demographic.

It comes as the City of Greater Bendigo considers its role in social and affordable housing, dedicating a two-hour forum to the topic.

Women at risk

In Australia, women over the age of 50 are at greater risk of financial and housing insecurity than men of the same age.

Retiring into poverty: A national plan for change outlines many reasons why, from a lack of income and superannuation during women’s lifetimes to unaffordable housing.

An estimated 6866 ‘older women’ in Australia were experiencing homelessness on the night of the 2016 census – 31 per cent more than in 2011.

“The root cause of all homelessness is poverty,” the report states.

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Source: Bendigo Advertiser