ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Literature review: Older women and housing in the ACT

Publication date: 
May 2017

ACTCOSS and YWCA Canberra have prepared a literature review on older women and housing in the ACT. Single older women comprise a rapidly growing cohort facing housing insecurity and the risk of homelessness. Reviewing the literature, it becomes apparent that there has been an evolving body of research pertaining to older women, and their pathways into homelessness. 

The aim of this review is to:

  • Paint a picture of the current policy and funding environment
  • Review current literature on the issue of older women’s homelessness
  • Identify gaps in the literature and data, and offer suggested areas for further research and exploration
  • Provide high level recommendations for possible next steps for service providers and policy makers.