About this Event
Australian women aged 55yrs + that are experiencing homelessness has increased by 28%. and they're the fastest growing growing group of people at risk .
Causes of housing stress, and at risk homelessness include family and domestic violence and poverty as well as structural inequities including:
- low paid work
- lower rates of superannuation than men
- ageism in the workplace
- time out of work force while raising and caring for family - resulting in inadequate super
With 0 % of private rentals in Perth affordable to singles on government income support the choices are limited.
Older women and housing solutions for aging well
This event will highlight the issues that older single women are experiencing and explore some of the permanent and appropriate options for homes that could include older women on low incomes so they can age well in their communities of choice.
Shelter WA and the WA Alliance to End Homelessness are delighted to announce our guest speakers
Liz Lennon - Re-Imagining Home
- Issues regarding Older Single Women on low incomes and why they need more housing options
- What housing solutions are available to older women on low incomes? How can new and innovative responses be implemented?
- What could unconventional and innovative options for home, that would involve older single women on low incomes, and collaborative partners, look like in WA?
- How can information be made accessible to older single women, and other interested agencies, about their options for home, so they can make informed decisions regarding ageing well and contributing to communities?
- An update on the next steps for Re-Imagining Home
Dr. Gloria Sutherland - Importance of housing on women's health
Despite an increasing awareness of older Australian women being at risk of homelessness, little is known about how their health is affected by the lack of safe and secure accommodation.
Dr Gloria Sutherland will discuss:
- Her experience of talking to older women experiencing homelessness and specialist homelessness service providers and health care providers.
- The importance of safe secure and accommodation as fundamental to older women’s health and wellbeing.
Wendy Morris and Anne Saw - Connect with Home supported Connect Victoria Park
This peer support network started in 2020 when ten women living under housing stress joined together for a project that supported them in investigating affordable and secure housing options, choosing what suits them and applying for it. The project was funded by the Department of Communities, and supported by Connect With Home, an initiative by Connect Victoria Park, a provider of affordable accommodation for people over 60 in Victoria Park.
Michelle Blakeley - My Home
- Need for Housing
- Why single women over the age of 55 are more susceptible to homelessness
- An overview of My Home - Housing First in action. The project in North Fremantle, will provide homes to women over 55 years of age
All of out guest speakers will join us for a panel discussion facilitated by Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie
We hope you can join us at this event and brunch will be provided
Prefer to attend this event remotely?
This event will also be available via zoom webinar for those that wish to attend remotely. If so just select zoom ticket when registering.
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Thank you to this years sponsors
- Fleetwood Australia
- Beyond Bank
- Department of Communities
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Level 3, The Platform, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, Australia