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Older Women's Cohousing Inclusive of Social Housing

When we retire, we want to live a comfortable life after the years of hard work and sacrifice. But the reality is that many older women face housing poverty because living alone is expensive. Co-housing is a brilliant way to solve this problem and is worth pursuing for more than one reason.

The Victorian Women’s Housing Association has a plan to develop just such a community and share the model with other groups interested in social housing projects.

“Affordable housing in a safe and welcoming community is a great need for older women. Cohousing has tremendous potential to create communities with a lighter footprint through shared and smaller living.”

Organisation: Victorian Women’s Housing Association trading as Women’s Property Initiatives
Sub-Fund: Jean McCaughey Social Justice Sub-Fund
Amount: $11,000
Year: 2018/19


Cohousing has been shown to contribute to better health in older age as well as creating a safe and welcoming community. Women’s Property Initiative (WPI) is working with WinC, an incorporated non-profit association of women, to develop a cohousing community for older women that aims to prevent homelessness, provide affordable housing to aging women, create a supportive ‘family’ of women, strengthen community connections, and offer the model for other groups to recreate.

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