WOMEN OVER 55 ARE THE FASTEST GROWING HOMELESS POPULATION IN AUSTRALIA
There are more than 39,000 Queensland women over the age of 55 who are doing it tough - suffering financial hardship driven by rising living costs, lack of employment, limited or no superannuation and a lack of affordable housing options. Alarmingly, recent forecasts predict that this figure is set to double by 2036.
Women experiencing homelessness are significantly less visible and identifiable than their male counterparts, often being described as the ‘hidden homeless’. Vulnerable older women are more likely to be staying with friends, living in a car or physically ‘hiding’.
The Forgotten Women is a unique, grassroots housing initiative for homeless women over 55. The project's mission is to put a roof over the heads of as many of these vulnerable women as possible. Through the acquisition of suitable properties, The Forgotten Women project will ensure these women have access to secure, safe and affordable housing options that enable them to age in place.
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On 8th September 2022 we took a giant step to help homeless women get back on their feet, with over 75 individuals all coming together to take on the Live Like Her Challenge.
By living in their cars for one night these attendees helped fund The Forgotten Women’s mission to provide fit-for-purpose housing for women over 55 years of age who are experiencing homelessness. Watch this space for more info on the Live Like Her Challenge 2023. We hope to see you there!