Changing Street Corners: The Intersection Between Older Women and Homelessness
Emmy McLarty, Anne Rios, and Olivia Zecchini
Think Dignity, 2016
At the start of 2016, TD’s Board of Directors determined that an area of specific and focused concentration would be directed towards better understanding of the plight of women experiencing homelessness. A sub-committee was formed to look at the issues directly effecting women in the homeless community. The sub-committee is comprised of community members, Think Dignity staff, homeless women, and service providers. The research being done is an attempt to:
• Understand the pathways to homelessness experienced by women
• Assess the appropriateness of the current support system for women
• Create policy recommendations for future advocacy
This is the first of the reports to be published with the TD Women’s Sub-Committee findings. It focuses on the growing demographics of older women suffering from homelessness. In their research, Think Dignity found that wage inequity, sexual and domestic violence, mobility issues, mental health and substance abuse are all causes of the epidemic of older women living on the street. In this article Think Dignity recommends community-wide solutions as well as agency specific resolutions to address homelessness within aging women.