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Single women’s homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Parity, 30(8), 22-24

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This article addresses the significant yet under-researched issue of single women's homelessness in New Zealand, with a particular focus on the experiences of Pacific, Māori, and Asian.

Cairncross, from Community Housing Aotearoa, and Lloyd, Manager at the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, emphasise the lack of services that prioritise the unique needs of single homeless women. The article cites Dr. Kate Amore’s research on the ‘severely housing deprived’ from the 2013 New Zealand Census, highlighting the overrepresentation of Pacific, Māori, and Asian women in these statistics. The article discusses international perspectives on women’s homelessness, noting that in countries like the UK, Australia, and Canada, women’s homelessness often links to domestic violence, reliance on informal support systems, and mental health issues. It suggests that ageing and being single are risk factors that increase women’s vulnerability to homelessness. Canadian data is cited to show high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health issues, and experiences of violence and assault among homeless women. The Wellington Women’s (Boarding) House is presented as a case study, illustrating the challenges in providing housing and support to older women and those with mental health issues. The Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, another focus of the article, is highlighted for its approach to helping women in transition, including those fleeing abuse and experiencing trauma. The Trust provides a safe and supportive environment, emphasising the importance of a gender-specific approach to homelessness services. The article concludes by underscoring the gendered nature of homelessness and the need for services to recognise and adapt to the distinct experiences and needs of homeless women. This approach is vital for effectively addressing the issue and providing adequate support and resources to one of the most vulnerable segments of the homeless population.

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