It was amazing to be offered the opportunity to appear on the SBS program Insight re the challenges especially for senior women and housing. It is something that has been an issue for me for quite a few years. Actually, I didn’t know that I would be one of the statistics of senior solo homeless women when I started this. Perhaps I knew that I was “on the edge” -but when it happened it was confronting
I have been working on the issue for a long time – I have friends who find normal housing unaffordable. But it was only this year that I realised the dire predicament I was in. I was amazed that SBS Insight would be interested in my story – but it is not just MY story – it is the stories of many women.
There is a lot of information about the housing affordability crisis in Australia – and it frightens me that so many women even as young as 50 are regarded as too old for some employment. Men and women over 50 find it hard to keep employment. When one job ends, it is hard to find another one.
I do believe the government should be doing more – but I don’t believe that public/government housing is the answer. We need to look at other options.
I also feature on the Mamma Mia website. Click here.
This “publicity” is not comfortable for me – I don’t like watching it, though I am relieved that friends say I came over well on the show. Mmmm.
As I have been travelling (August 2017) I’ve come to learn that many solo women are living in their vans and travelling. So many amazing stories and I hope I can get to record some of them.
Meanwhile, I will attend the Rolling Solo event at Ross River Homestead next week and be back in the “real world” working on the housing for senior solo women project when I return to Brisbane.
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!! GOVERNMENTS – ARE YOU LISTENING?
There is more information on this website.
If you would like to make contact with me, or share your story, please let me know. Another lady and I are planning a book of stories about Australian Women – while I continue to lobby for better affordable services for senior solo women.