|1 Feb 2021|
Brisbane mother of two Zoe* has not had stable housing for more than two years but she is not what you might imagine when you think of someone experiencing homelessness.
"I live where I can," the 58-year-old told ABC Radio Brisbane.
"I keep a roof over my head by either house-sitting or couch surfing and staying with friends."
When those options were not available, Zoe turned to a women's homeless shelter where she lived for three months.
At another time, her health landed her in hospital.
"I've been house-sitting permanently for almost two years now," she said.
On census night in 2016, there were an estimated 6,866 women over 50 who were homeless — the figure representing a 31 per cent increase since 2011.
House-sitting has taken Zoe everywhere from Rockhampton in central Queensland to Bega in southern New South Wales and has seen her move 30 times in a 12-month period.
But it was not always that way, and the self-described homebody longs for the day when she can unpack her bags for good.
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