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Older women are the new face of homelessness in Australia, and the government is failing them

Terrifying and humiliating

That is how Vanessa described her experience of becoming homeless for the first time in her 50s.

  • Josh Burns
  • The New Daily

In a matter of weeks, she went from not even knowing what homeless services were available to them determining her life.

This isn’t the first time we have heard this story.

In Vanessa’s case – she returned home after a few years overseas, caring for unwell family members, to find herself in a situation she never expected to be in.

Vanessa couldn’t find employment due to her age and she couldn’t get a lease for a home on the Newstart Allowance.

So, with local services unable to help due to…

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