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Housing boost for homeless NSW women

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Harveen Kaur

A lack of affordable housing is driving an epidemic of disabled women, the mentally ill, widows and victims of domestic violence who are ending up homeless, experts warn.

Growing numbers of homeless older single women across Australia have been frozen out of the private rental market, says Alice Spizzo from the Women's Housing Company.

"There is a real need for affordable housing particularly for older women with disabilities we are really aiming to fill that void as best we can," Ms Spizzo told AAP.

In a bid to reverse the troubling trend, the NSW government has injected $7.4 million into a new social housing complex in the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo.

The 20-apartment structure has been designed to house some of society's most vulnerable older women.

Social Housing Minister Brad Hazzard said partnerships between not-for-profit and private sectors were critical to delivering important services to vulnerable people.

"A lot of the women who will find a home here are people who had a pretty stable life up until recently, but perhaps through separation, divorce or mental health issues have ended up homeless," Mr Hazzard said.

Ms Georgious hopes the initiative can help more women live long, independent and healthy lives.

"The aim for us is to take pressure off all the other services that government might need to provide, the health service, the aged care system," she said.

"It's a place where women can stay living independent, full lives."

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