The for­mer Beecroft nurs­ing home that is pro­vid­ing hous­ing for older women

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

The num­ber of older home­less women in Aus­tralia in­creased by over 30% be­tween 2011 and 2016 to nearly 7,000 ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.

Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sioner Dr Kay Pat­ter­son said with­out in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions the prob­lem will in­crease.

To an­swer the call to push for so­lu­tions there will be fo­rum in Baulkham Hills on Tues­day, March 3.

Ac­tion on Home­less­ness _ Older Women in Cri­sis, will fea­ture a panel of speak­ers in­clud­ing the CEO of Women’s Com­mu­nity Shel­ters (WCS) Annabelle Daniel; Bev Barker, Chair of the Older Women’s Net­work and Ali­son O’Neil from Link Hous­ing.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween WCS and Link Hous­ing saw the trans­for­ma­tion, last year of an un­used aged care fa­cil­ity at Beecroft into ac­com­mo­da­tion for 20 older women.

The fo­rum has been or­gan­ised by mem­bers of the Hills and the Hornsby branches of the women’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, So rop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional. MC for the event is broad­caster and jour­nal­ist Geral­dine Doogue

Ali­son O'Neil from Link Hous­ing

Annabelle Daniel from WCS

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