Single middle-aged women: The hidden homeless

Researchers are embarking on a new project to protect an emerging group experiencing homelessness – single middle-aged women.

At the last census, rates of homelessness in pre-retirement aged women, aged 50-64, had jumped 29 per cent. This can be attributed to single older women experiencing a decline in homeownership levels due to relationship breakdown, loss of the family home and insecure employment.

But this group is largely missing from literature and homelessness prevention strategies.

To help prevent homelessness for this group, Flinders University researcher Dr Kathryn Browne-Yung has been awarded a Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant to provide a better understanding of the experiences of this group of women regarding potential risk factors for homelessness as they age, while also identifying potential interventions to inform policy to reduce the risk of homelessness.

Dr Browne-Yung will undertake in-depth interviews with women aged 50 – 64 years old who are privately renting in Southern Adelaide and interview a number of service providers.

This project gives a voice to single women over 50 who are at risk of homelessness.


Project title: Single middle-aged women in private rental housing: preventing homelessness and promoting ageing well in place

Lead researcher: Dr Kathryn Browne-Yung

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