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Monday, February 25, 2013

Older Women Facing Homelessness In Growing Numbers

A woman huddles on a street corner in San Francisco in January 2009. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

A woman huddles on a street corner in San Francisco in January 2009. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

By the end of this decade, estimates are that 60,000 or more elderly people will be homeless.

Life on the streets is particularly hard on older women who have more health problems and are very physically vulnerable.

With more and more older women facing economic instability, we ask: What should be done with an older woman who can’t afford a home of her own?

Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or in the comments.


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