We need to understand the exact nature of the problem, before we can start to look at solutions. But once we do understand the problem, we realise that solutions may not be as simple as they looked at first sight.
Do we care that Australia has turned single women of all ages, and mothers with children, into refugees in their own land; living, hidden from public view, in insecure, unsuitable, overcrowded and often unsafe places.
A growing number of mature women are finding ourselves at risk of home-lessness. We have reached this point as a result of a combination of three factors, bad health, bad judgement and simple bad luck. This is my story.
We all see the world through our tiny gilded opera glasses. We each have a minute field of vision on which to base our actions, our attitudes and our beliefs about the world in which we live.
This IS a crisis. It is a national emergency, when 200,000 households are on the public housing waiting list. 200,000 households are either already homeless, or unable to afford both rent and adequate food and utilities.¹
I wanted out of a twenty five year very difficult and mostly unhappy marriage. And so began a nomadic life.
We are ordinary Australian women forced out of our homes by rapidly inflating house prices.
Prices quoted for 12 months, but is the property zoned in such a way that you can stay for 12 months?