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 →
Where is the rigorous gender based research women need, both to identify gender specific needs and to determine how well they are being met?
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.
What do we call those people who are homeless for no better reason than flat-lined fixed incomes and massively inflating house prices forced them out of the housing market?
No-one on any pension anywhere in the country – except a few searingly hot and isolated country towns – can afford the lowest market rentals for habitable accommodation. Simple as that.