Addressing older women's homelessness: service and housing models

Petersen, Maree (2015) Addressing older women's homelessness: service and housing models. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50 4: 419-438.

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Author Petersen, Maree
Title Addressing older women's homelessness: service and housing models
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
1839-4655
Publication date 2015-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 50
Issue 4
Start page 419
End page 438
Total pages 21
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Social Policy Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract There is limited understanding of the nature and extent of older women’s homelessness in Australia and how it can be alleviated. The aim of this project is to ascertain the combination of program and housing models that is likely to be most effective in addressing older women’s homelessness. The data comprise interviews and correspondence with 14 Australian and international stakeholders. The findings draw on insight from housing, gerontology and gender studies, and highlight the need to match welfare and housing programs with the diverse life experiences and current needs of older women. Alongside flagship models of practice in housing provision are assumptions within housing and homelessness sectors of what older women need. There is a lack of understanding that most older women in housing crisis have limited knowledge of the welfare sector, and with provision of mainstream housing (and community aged care if needed) will live independently. Traditional homelessness programs and specialised supportive housing, associated with both seniors and homelessness sectors, are appropriate for women who have lived with ongoing disruption and substantive health concerns. Addressing older women’s homelessness in Australia requires a range of services and housing responses, with increased attention given to a discourse of housing – affordable, secure housing – rather than continued discourse of homelessness
Keyword Older women
Homelessness
Australia
Service provision
Housing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 15:15:45 EST by Ms Maree Petersen on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work