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TJ Ryan Foundation Internship Project – Homelessness

In this report, TJ Ryan Foundation intern scholar, Lenett Hillman, examines the literature around homelessness in the developed world, and analyses the homelessness experiences of women, particularly in the Australian context.

Her analysis concludes: “Homeless women have traditionally been considered to be outside their prescribed gender role as mothers and homemakers (Menih 2015), and experience the stigma attached to the “unaccommodated woman” (Mayock et al. 2015: 880). It is therefore important to understand that homelessness for women is complex and multidimensional, and does not only encompass difficulties related to “rooflessness”—thus, a gendered approach is necessary. It should also be noted that women are not a homogenous group; within a gendered  approach, cultural and social differences should also be delineated and explored.”

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