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The dress, the flowers, the friends and family gathered in a romantic venue, the speeches. It was her third wedding — the two had been brisk affairs in registry offices — just as it was for Marsh.
Di was an educated professional with a teaching job, two children, a husband, a family home that was almost paid off, and a second investment property. Leading women's charity the Lady Musgrave Trust has launched a new guide to help women aged 55 and over avoid becoming homeless. Credit: Fairfax Media.
In the space of just a few months, she was technically homeless after her marriage of 43 years imploded. Di [who did not want her full name published to protect her children] had been teaching in China for almost two years when she says she started getting "strange letters" from her bank in Leaving her position to return home, she discovered her husband had drunk and gambled away their life savings, including equity in the two houses they owned, which were repossessed.
During the following decade, she was homeless, living in her car and, in the early years, sometimes house-sitting. Lady Musgrave Trust chief executive Karen Lyon Reid said the COVID pandemic had put extra stress on older women struggling financially, with fears it may be the final straw for some.
The charity held its 12th Annual Forum for Women and Homelessness this week, using the occasion to officially launch a new guide for women over 55 to avoid ending up in a situation like the one in which Di found herself. The guide — a physical booklet that's also available online — is deed to give older women useful advice to prevent them from falling over the homelessness cliff.
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Di said she was happy the trust was moving from focusing on younger homeless women to actively helping older women avoid homelessness. Maybe with this new booklet, it will make a difference.
How an educated, married Brisbane mother became homeless at Please try again later. Brisbane Times. By Stuart Layt August 5, — 8.
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