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It Could Be You

The new face of homelessness in Australia is probably a grandmother’s. You won’t find her sleeping rough under a bridge but “couch surfing” or sleeping in her car, hidden away. More and more single, older women will become homeless in the next 20 years. This International Women’s Day, The Global Mail looks into the faces of the women who deserve better.The new face of homelessness in Australia is probably a grandmother’s. You won’t find her sleeping rough under a bridge but couch surfing or sleeping in her car.


If you are in housing crisis in Australia, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Services in Melbourne include Victorian Women’s Housing Association (www.vwha.org.au) and WISHIN (www.wishin.org.au).

In Sydney, you can contact the City of Sydney Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 656 463

Homeless Persons Hotline (02) 9265 9081 or 1800 234 566 for help.

University of NSW researcher Ludo McFerran's report It Could Be You is available online.

3 comments on this story
by Greg Hall

This is an extraordinary piece of photo-journalism/essay. It has affected me deeply, and rightly stung me out of the cynicism that clouded the start of my day with far too much bombastic news-focussed radio. Thank you.

February 11, 2013 @ 12:39pm
by Amanda

I still firmly believe that photojournalism is the most effective form of storytelling, next to documentaries. Excellent piece. Yes, this could be me many years from now. And that's horrifying.

March 9, 2013 @ 4:46pm
by Anonymous

I lost my house and $20,000 for no reason at all thanks to you hippacrits!

January 10, 2014 @ 12:28pm
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