The voices of mid-life women facing housing insecurity

DOI: 10.4225/50/55401BC479F9C
29 April 2015

Single, older women in the State of Victoria, Australia have emerged as a group experiencing housing insecurity and being highly vulnerable to homelessness in their old age. One of the most surprising aspects of this trend is the propensity for these women to be tertiary educated. Focus groups reveal education as a significant means by which these women improved their economic positions, although most had entered female dominated, hence poorer paying industries. However, in most cases their gains came too late in their lives and/or have been undermined by labour market flexibility that has resulted in precarious employment with retrenchments, casualisation, and reductions in hours of work a common experience. 

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Andrea Sharam, 2015, The voices of mid-life women facing housing insecurity, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, viewed 26 October 2016, <>.

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