The hidden face of homelessness
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The hidden face of homelessness

Shining light on housing insecurity and homelessness.

To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, we highlight the great work of one of our partners funded by the LUCRF Super Community Program (LSCP).

Back in 2018, we provided funding to Women’s Community Shelters for their Outreach Program. The funding was for a two-year period, which was then extended through the pandemic.

This program aims to take a holistic approach to providing women with not only crisis and emergency housing, but a raft of services that enable women to get back on their feet and find secure housing for their future.

Older women are the fastest growing group of people at risk of homelessness. Research conducted by the Housing Action for the Aged Group revealed that about 240,000 women aged 55 or older and another 165,000 women aged 45-54 are at risk of homelessness*.

There are many reasons for this, including the ever-increasing unaffordability of buying a house, and women’s work history.

Other things place women in a high-risk category for homelessness including:

  • Not being employed full time
  • Being from a non-English speaking country
  • Living in a single person household
  • Being indigenous
  • Living in private rental situation

Housing affordability remains a key concern and sadly, Australia doesn’t have a great amount of social housing. 

By supporting programs such as the Outreach Program run by Women’s Community Shelters, we can start to reduce the risk of homelessness for women.

More information on the Outreach Program funded by the LSCP can be found here.

Want to get involved and add your voice to this issue? The Housing Action for the Aged Group website has ways to get involved.

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