The Affordable Housing Action Group works to ensure that vulnerable women (including older women, low income earning women, women transitioning from prison, homelessness, and domestic violence) have access to safe and dignified housing.
The availability of affordable, suitable and secure housing for all Australians is critical for achieving social justice and cohesion. It is of particular concern for women who are disproportionately represented amongst lower income earners and as the victims of domestic and family violence, and who are more likely to be responsible for the upbringing of children. There is also a higher rate of poverty among older women living alone or needing aged care. Yet a significant number of Australians, mainly low to moderate income earners, are suffering from housing stress or homelessness.
Article by WEL NSW Executive Member, Mary O'Sullivan on the NSW Inquiry into Elder Abuse (December 2015)
The WEL/OWN submission is also one of the only submissions so far to link housing stress and homelessness amongst older women with their experiences of abuse and violence. In doing so the submission draws on research from OWN, the Mercy Foundation and WEL’s 2015 Affordable Housing Policy.