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How Chinese courtyard housing can help older Australian women avoid homelessness

Courtyard housing provides safe, affordable and private living spaces while maintaining a sense of community.

19 Feb 2021
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The connections between private living areas, courtyards and gardens promote well-being
The connections between private living areas, courtyards and gardens promote well-being

Australia urgently needs housing types that meet the needs of older women facing homelessness. One such model is Chinese siheyuan courtyard housing, which provides safe, affordable and private living spaces while maintaining a sense of community. It has potential for adapting existing buildings for re-use in Australia in a way that makes financial, social and environmental sense.

Women over 45 are one of the fastest-growing groups of people who are homeless in Australia. In 2020, an estimated 405,000 women over 45 were at risk of housing affordability stress and hence becoming homeless. Considering the shortage of affordable housing, an ageing population and the lifelong economic disadvantage that women experience, this problem requires a speedy solution.

Read the full article here at The Conversation

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