"Australia urgently needs housing types that meet the needs of older women
facing homelessness. One such model is Chinese siheyuan
which provides safe, affordable and private living spaces while maintaining a
sense of community. It has potential for adapting existing buildings for re-use
in Australia in a way that makes financial, social and environmental sense.
Women over 45 are one of the fastest-growing groups of people who are homeless
in Australia. In 2020, an estimated 405,000 women over 45 were at risk of
housing affordability stress and hence becoming homeless. Considering the
shortage of affordable housing, an ageing population and the lifelong economic
disadvantage that women experience, this problem requires a speedy solution.
A simple (and obvious) solution for older women facing homelessness is to
provide them with access to appropriate, safe and affordable homes for the long
term. So why is this problem so difficult to solve?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics