Housing future communities /

Minor concurrent session

Wednesday 28 August 2019
3.30pm – 5.00pm

Housing choices for older women

Older women are emerging as a vulnerable cohort, with many housing options presenting as unaffordable or only accessible for the shortterm. Four presentations will explore services and support available to older women susceptible to unstable housing.



Caroline Larcher
Project & Development Manager, Women's Property Initiatives
Caroline has worked for the past 10 years as the Project and Development Manager for Women’s Property Initiatives, a Victorian community housing organization that builds and manages long-term affordable rental housing for low-income women and children. Caroline has a Bachel... view
Kathryn Proft
Senior Policy Officer, Australian Human Rights Commission
Kathryn is a Senior Policy Officer at the Australian Human Rights Commission, working across projects on older women’s risk of homelessness and elder abuse. ln this role, Kathryn has been working with the Age Discrimination Commissioner to raise awareness o... view
Teresa Reed
CEO, Mangrove Housing Limited
Teresa has a personal and professional commitment to helping people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.   This passion is reflected in her accomplished career within human services fields including not-for-profits, housing, and state and federal government employment, disability and communi... view
Debbie Georgopoulos
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Housing Company
Debbie joined the Women’s Housing Company in April 2017 and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the organisation to develop, deliver, expand and continuously improve services.  Debbie brings over two decades of public policy and program experien... view


Dr Amity James
Senior Lecturer. Curtin University
Amity James is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics, Finance and Property in the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University. She has previously held a Research Fellowship at the Institute for Social Science Research at t... view