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.
Keeping ourselves in the public eye and, even more importantly maybe, in the political eye, is an ongoing task. Keeping our message clear is also important. Here are some tips on how to email your various representatives in federal and state politics.
One issue with many of the short-term or alternative forms of housing is the very grey area around tenant's rights. Do you have any? Most states have independent bodies that will provide you with free information about your rights, and some also act as advocacy bodies to improve tenant's rights.
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
There are many guest houses, boarding houses and motels, converted to casual but longish-term accommodation, appearing on the market. These do not generally require a bond and are usually fortnightly or monthly tenancies so can be taken until life settles down or something better comes along. However, they are usually available for the long haul if that is what you want.