Single older women comprise a rapidly growing cohort of those experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness in Canberra.
Following a life-time of work and caring responsibilities, often characterised by inequalities around wages and superannuation, older women today make up the majority of people accessing local housing support services. Women who fall into homelessness or experience housing insecurity later in life, are not a homogenous group and their circumstances are complex and varied.
Hidden Women is a short documentary film highlighting the experiences of older women in housing and the confluence of gaps in policy and service delivery that have exacerbated the situation. Crucially, Hidden Women puts an everyday face on housing insecurity amongst older women.
YWCA Canberra has a history of providing housing support to Canberrans through our transitional housing, affordable housing and supportive tenancy services and we are proud to share some of our clients’ stories. Hidden Women was developed with the support of the ACT Government through the Participation Grants Program (Office of Veterans and Seniors).