Elderly Single Women and Poverty

social housingWe have a national social injustice, which is  worsening steadily.
Late middle aged women, who do not own a home, and have little capacity to earn, are a forgotten and poverty stricken sector of society. How can any of them, [as with so many of our fellow seniors who are on the pension], pay todays rents whilst on a social service pension?
It’s time for some innovative thinking about a new regime of social housing.
What about using refurbished containers as above for such housing? An incentive programme to home share? Buying up failing country towns and creating new communities? Using many off those superseded old trams? Having the unemployed work for the dole in building new community prefabricated housing?
There are many problems of course but you have to start with a national vision first. Something we so sadly lack in our Governments, these days…

4 thoughts on “Elderly Single Women and Poverty

  1. Ray me dear, you are thinking like someone with a fully functioning brain.Sadly they are a very rare thing among the current crop,and I fear not much better in the opposition

  2. I think many elderly single women are in a tough position. No super until about 1990 and a lot weren’t in the paid workforce anyway. Seems to me our current politicians couldn’t care less. I know there is an organisation (Abbeyfield?) which arranges for groups of people to share houses in Melbourne at least. That seems to be a good option from what I hear. Four elderly single women could share a house fairly easily I would think. So many live alone and that is an almost impossible situation as far as paying for utilities and rent.

  3. I know of a lot of Ladies in this position.
    Nurses, who have never married, school teachers, and those who have had to leave a marriage because of domestic violence, and can’t get a job because they have no skills, and are older than employers would like.
    Rents have been driven up, by greedy people using negative gearing, and it’s almost impossible to get a cheap place.
    Boarding houses are mostly a disgrace, where the inmates live in squalid conditions, and are at risk from other boarders who are drunks, addicts etc.,
    I feel for these people.

  4. I worked long and hard but then was struck down with a very rare muscle disorder. This was the result of domestic violence, I was unable to get victims compensation due to the fact my ex had gone on to become a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and no solicitor would touch my case.
    I was given just 5 years to live so cashed in my super due to financial hardship, but 20 years later I’m still alive though very limited in mobility and not even fit for volunteer work.

    I’ve had a full time carer at one stage who abused me in every way possible & robbed me of what little I had as my nest egg, that is still being dealt with through the police.

    Renting is a nightmare with no security, am at the mercy of greedy landlords. With my disability I’m not up to having to move regularly and it seems any places that were once able to help have now lost their funding so can no longer offer assistance.

    I had two sons that used to look after mum but have not long lost my 2nd boy in just over 6 years. I’m alone, disabled getting on in years and of no use to anyone. Left wondering why I’m still here and so sick of the constant battle to exist.

    My greatest wish is to have a little place where I can live out what time I have and just be able to enjoy a few hobbies.

    At the moment I do still have a lot of things that belonged to both my boys, I know I need to part with these things taking up space but feel like they are all I have left of my 2 sons and not yet ready to let go of.

    I also know there are others worse off, why does life have to be so hard for those of us that should be enjoying our later years.

    I dream of winning lotto and providing a village of such homes with onsite nursing care for others in the same boat.

    Tricia, boarding homes are no place for good people that have paid their dues but now through no fault of their own find themselves in need of decent help.

    Ray has hit the nail on the head, we need some of these mega rich in our country to contribute to such schemes, most of whom would not understand the joys of paying forward and how it would enrich their lives knowing they are helping those that can no longer help themselves.

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