Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

News > General > 'Retiring into poverty'

'Retiring into poverty'

New YWCA Canberra home aims to provide safe accommodation for women over 50 who are 'retiring into poverty'
18 Aug 2021
General
Photo from ABC News
Photo from ABC News

As Australia marks Homelessness week, a Canberra charity is building a purpose-built home for those most at risk — designed to give tenants freedom and independence, as well as the support of a community.

Across the country, women aged over 55 are currently the fastest-growing demographic of people experiencing homelessness.

But Canberra's YWCA is working to change that, by building a new fit-for-purpose home in the suburb of Ainslie.

The build, part of YWCA's yhomes project, centred around the concept of independent but shared living.

The house will be made up of 10 standalone units, each equipped with its own kitchen and courtyard, but also sharing a communal green space.

YWCA said the units would be specifically built for women over 50, with a few set aside for women with children fleeing domestic violence.

The design was also created in consultation with women who will be living at the home. 

The build is expected to be completed by 2023. 

Go to ABC News for full article and to learn more. 

Posted Sat 7 Aug 2021 at 8:42am by Antoinette Radford

Most read

Older women will be able to meet others after background checks.(ABC SC: Kylie Bartholomew)

Have you ever used the internet to find a housemate? Finding the right person and avoiding share-house horrors can be tricky, but it can be even more … More...

Sharing with Friends

Let's chat about co-housing. Join us for a workshop, a cup of tea and cover a range of topics allowing participants to develop their understanding of … More...

We would like to invite you to take part in a survey to understand the housing and financial circumstances of older women in Queensland. More...

Have your say

 
This website is powered by
ToucanTech