When you think of someone who is homeless, Carol* may not be someone you would imagine.

Carol* remembers the plans she shared with her late husband. They were supposed to retire together and plant a veggie patch filled with cherry tomatoes, carrots and their favourite flowers.

Sadly, her life took an unexpected turn when her beloved husband, Tom, passed away. Tom had taken the lead in looking after the couple’s finances and bills, and after his death, Carol struggled to afford the mortgage on her own.

The death of her husband left Carol with no options; she was evicted from her home and became homeless.

Carol put her name down on the list for public housing, something she never imagined she would have to do. Without a place to stay she sought work as a hospital cleaner to make ends meet and managed to find a small room above a local pub.

With only a single bed, drawer and a coffee table, the small room was a huge contrast to the warm and loving home she once shared with her late husband.

Woman is looking away sadly. ”No one knew I was homeless. I always thought this would be temporary but it’s starting to feel like forever.” – Carol

One week at the pub quickly turned into months and what was meant to be a short-term solution was starting to feel permanent. Each night as she tried to sleep through the loud sounds from the pub downstairs, she felt lost, completely alone and was losing hope.

Thankfully, through the generosity of people like yourself, our team connected with Carol, and provided her with the help she needed.

We assisted her with everyday tasks like managing overdue bills and guided Carol through the complex and overwhelming housing system to ensure she was placed on a priority list.

But most importantly, we listened to Carol and supported her through a difficult and lonely period of her life.

Carol is not the only one doing it tough.

Many older women like Carol, are at risk of homelessness.

Women without sufficient savings, women experiencing chronic illnesses or who endure sudden life events such as the death of a loved one, divorce or job loss, can be vulnerable to homelessness later in life.

In Australia, 240,000 women over 55 years, and another 165,000 women aged 45-54 are at risk of homelessness.1

Sadly, women over 55 years are also the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness in Australia.

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*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the people we help.

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