*** UPDATE ***
We’re holding two forums for women to share their thoughts and concerns about housing in the ACT.
Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 12pm til 2pm at the Pearce Community Centre.
Tuesday 19th September 2017 6:30pm til 8:30pm at the Woden Seniors Centre
Please join us! You can RSVP (and do let us know if you have accessibility requirements) by calling 02 6290 2166 or email us.
Some things we might talk about at the forum:
- Is your housing suitable for your/your family’s needs?
- What do you sacrifice to pay higher rent/mortgage?
- Are you worried you won’t be able to afford the housing you need into the future?
But do bring along your thoughts about anything that worries you about housing!
WCHM will hold a forum for women to talk about housing affordability in the ACT during September. The information we receive from women at the forum will be included in WCHM’s submission to the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal Inquiry into Housing, due 31 October 2017. Look out for invitations to attend, to be sent out during August.
While the latest ABS Census homelessness data won’t be released until October, we do know from the 2011 Census that the ACT has the second highest homelessness rate in the country, at 50 people per 10,000. We also know that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children in Australia. An ACT Shelter report from 2014, Home Truths: Older Women’s Housing Vulnerability in the ACT, found that 11% of women in the ACT aged 45 or over were on low to median incomes, and do not own their own home, while 7% of men in the same age group were in this situation. These older Canberrans are at increased risk of homelessness due to their low income and lack of home ownership.