Almost 700 women in the Greater Brisbane area aged over 55 years are homeless......  

 

The Forgotten Women's project mission is to put a roof over the heads of as many of these vulnerable women as possible.  This project is a unique, grassroots housing initiative for homeless women over 55 that will allow women to age in place with dignity and security.  The project is being delivered by Mangrove Housing, a Tier 2, not-for-profit, community housing provider who has been delivering housing solutions to vulnerable people for over 28 years. 

 

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through the simple acquisition of suitable properties, The Forgotten Women project will ensure these women have access to secure, safe and affordable housing options 

 

39 000 QUEENSLAND WOMEN AT RISK 

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why are they the fastest growing homeless population?


lack of financial resources:

  • equal pay wasn’t granted until 1969

  • superannuation wasn’t compulsory until 1992

  • between 1940 - 1960 women accounted for

       only 25% of the workforce

  • equal opportunity wasn’t enacted

       until the 1980’s

  • gaps in workforce participation to raise

       children (baby boomers)

  • separated and/or windowed

 


fear & stigma:

  • a large majority of these women have limited or no prior experience of having to seek assistance and therefore lack an of understanding of
    the service systems available to them

  • generational stigma associated with seeking welfare assistance

  • reluctance to identify as living in poverty or homeless

affordability:

  • Australia is in the midst of an Affordable Housing crisis

  • as the cost of housing rises so too does the physical distance between where they live now and where there are affordable housing options

  • removing women from the areas in which they have established social and support networks only seeks to isolate them further

  • inability to age in place 

  • at risk of premature entry into the aged care system 

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1 in 7 people experiencing homelessness in Australia are over 55

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over 39 000 women over the age of 55 are at risk of becoming homeless. This figure is predicted to double by 2036

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women over 55 are likely to have 40% less superannuation than their male counterparts

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64% of older people living on the street are at risk of death within five

years

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The Forgotten Women project has a simple idea:

 

no relocation away from support networks to affordable areas

 

fit-for-purpose

prevention of early entry into the aged care system

 

affordable for life - income vs marketplace based

able to age peacefully in place

 

 

Land and/or Property acquisition

(in the areas these women have lived their lives)  

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We will buy, build, renovate and refurbish

our way to suitable housing 

(fit-for-purpose home that enables aging in place)

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affordable and long term

(rent will never exceed 30% of total income regardless of

marketplace rates)