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Older Women & Housing Mercy Foundation Research



Women over 55 are at great risk of financial and housing insecurity due to systemic and compounding factors such as:

  • Lack of superannuation
  • Working part time or casually throughout their lives
  • Taking time out of the workforce to care for family
  • Bearing the brunt of the gender pay gap
  • An increasingly unaffordable private rental market
  • Age discrimination

This group of women have suffered lifelong discrimination. Some were forced to resign when they married or were pregnant; financial discrimination meant that many were unable to enter into a home mortgage until the 1970’s; age discrimination means that older people find it difficult to find employment.

The Mercy Foundation has funded a number of studies on the matter of older women and housing and poverty. These are available via this link.

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