Over their lifetimes, women often spend considerable periods out of the workforce as unpaid carers. As a result, women approaching retirement often have less superannuation accrued and lower levels of savings than their male peers.
This, coupled with changing patterns of home-ownership, means that increasing numbers of women – including those who are currently middle-income earners – risk homelessness once they retire.
Video of the presentations and panel discussion can be found at the COTA website. Click here to view them.
Following the launch of a research report that the Mercy Foundation commissioned on older women and homelessness in April 2014 – the Foundation is working with COTA NSW, Homelessness NSW, the Older Women’s Network and several other key stakeholders and organisations to develop an advocacy and project plan to improve responses to older women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. For more information contact Felicity Reynolds at the Mercy Foundation on 02 9911 7390.