Homeless for the first time in later life: an Australian study

Petersen, Maree and Parsell, Cameron (2014) Homeless for the first time in later life: an Australian study. Housing Studies, 30 3: 368-391. doi:10.1080/02673037.2014.963522

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Author Petersen, Maree
Parsell, Cameron
Title Homeless for the first time in later life: an Australian study
Journal name Housing Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0267-3037
Publication date 2014-09-29
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02673037.2014.963522
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 368
End page 391
Total pages 24
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3322 Urban Studies
Abstract This article explores pathways into homelessness by older Australians, with a particular focus on first-time homelessness. Drawing on a multi-method study including data mining of 561 client records and 20 interviews with service providers, the distinctive nature of older people's homelessness is demonstrated. Three pathways to homelessness in later life are identified. With close to 70 per cent of the participants having had a conventional housing history, the article reveals in rich detail the circumstances surrounding critical housing incidents for older Australians. It shows that older people are at risk when they are evicted, are unable to continue to living with family, face unaffordable rent in the private rental market, cannot continue living in inaccessible rental housing, as well as experience a breakdown in an important relationship. The results provide key material to inform the design of services and policy initiatives to prevent and address homelessness for older Australians.
Keyword Older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 21005
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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