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Most homeless women are not fleeing family violence or related trauma, we are not substance abusers, we do not lack skills or education, we are fantastic at budgeting our money, we keep clean houses, we solve problems, we cook Sunday roasts, we may even polish our shoes, ...and we hide. No-one knows we exist. We... Continue Reading →
Increasing numbers of people are finding themselves homeless because they can no longer pay their bills. Massive rental and utility price increases have outstripped the capacity of low and fixed income earners to pay.
Vulnerable women have a problem with how to go on living life in some meaningful way whilst being homeless or at risk of homelessness. "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." So let's make it meaningful.
I am Christine. I started the Housing Alternatives Facebook group after my appearance on the SBS Insight show, Living on the Edge. This was a show about home-less mature age women, the various ways in which we arrived at the point of being home-less, and how we are surviving now. But the show did not present the true causes or possible solutions and I wanted to look for both.
Where is the rigorous gender based research women need, both to identify gender specific needs and to determine how well they are being met?
The Housing Alternatives Facebook Group has a security status of Closed. The best way to keep your personal identity invisible is to create a false identity that you use for anything that you do not want stalkers or employers to see.
Good rental tenants should not be suffering the consequences of the incompetence of real estate agencies and the behaviour of bad tenants. How do we escape? We rent directly from an owner.
Housing Alternatives (for women) is designed for women who have been forced out of the housing market, or are at risk of being forced out, by skyrocketing house prices and rentals.
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Here are some options you can try if you find yourself confronting homelessness, with insufficient income to pay market rentals.
The following groups are running campaigns to try to give some momentum to solving the house price and homelessness crisis.
Is there any good reason to continue to build with bricks and mortar when there are so many cheaper, faster, better rated options.
Some organisations provide grants for worthwhile projects. Here are a few of them.
Providing affordable housing adds value to not only the individual who is housed, but to the society and most importantly to the economy. These benefits exceed the costs of providing housing.
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.