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Social Ventures Australia, Housing for the Aged Action Group, Aged Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson, YWCA and hundreds of participants, including women with experience of homelessness, came together online on Tuesday 4 August for the launch of two new pieces of research highlighting the older women’s experience of housing in Australia, and older women’s risk of homelessness.

Researchers from the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Adelaide used data from the HILDA* survey to analyse household characteristics and experience over time and a build a model of At Risk of Homelessness post-Global Financial Crisis.

They estimate 165,000 females aged 45 to 55 years and a further 240,000 females aged 55 years and over are at risk of homelessness (+/- 10 per cent).

Access the report here: Older women risk homelessness without urgent policy reform  

The School of Social Sciences and Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University investigated older women’s experiences of housing affordability and housing insecurity.

They found affordability of housing drives challenges finding appropriate, quality housing and notes affordable housing is often low or degraded quality, and housing costs impacting ability to buy sufficient nutritious food and manage utility bills and driving housing insecurity.

The report highlights women’s experience of rent increases and evictions requiring them to move housing and how the challenges of moving compound over time through multiple experiences of unchosen, unplanned relocations – driving interconnected financial, physical and emotional costs.

Access the report here: Older Women in the Private Rental Sector: Unaffordable, Substandard and Insecure Housing

*Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey.