A retiree who can no longer afford rent due to the cost-of-living crisis has been forced to live in her car and shower out of a public wash basin.
Susannah Tuxford, 78, has resorted to the drastic living measure with just her dog as company in a carpark in Beenleigh, Queensland.
She even revealed to not have showered for two weeks, being forced into using a hand basin at a public restroom to clean herself.
With no living family in Australia, Ms Tuxford said she felt ’embarrassed’ by her last-ditch effort to maintain shelter.
She is just one of many Australians feeling the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis, with thousands of more Aussies reaching out for homelessness support.
She took aim at the government for not providing support to her despite paying taxes for over 50 years, now having to wash herself out of a hand basin in a public bathroom
Ms Tuxford took aim at the federal government for not supporting her.
The 78-year-old has been working hard her entire life after landing her first job at 14, and paying taxes for the past 50.
‘I paid all that money (for) all those years and the government’s not helping anybody like me,’ she told Nine News.
She revealed that after not showering for two weeks she turned to using a ’tissue plug’ to help her wash herself in a bathroom at the carpark early in the morning so noone would see her.
Sandwiches provided to Ms Tuxford by local charities have been the only support she has received.
She now also relies on a walking stick after injuring her leg during a fall and ‘can’t walk properly’.
Ms Tuxford was offered sleeping arrangements at a local aged care facility after Queensland Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon was approached by 9News.
The retiree turned down the offer saying she didn’t need aged care support, and argued she just needed a roof over her head so she could continue to live independently.
According to Homelessness Australia, Queenslanders have been the hardest hit by housing increases in 2023 with an increase of 12.9 per cent of people seeking homelessness support.
A Queensland retiree, Susannah Tuxford (pictured), has been forced to live out of her car after she couldn’t keep up with skyrocketing housing prices
The state had the largest increase across the nation, with people seeking homelessness support increasing by 7.5 per cent nationally.
‘The overwhelming bulk of that need came from people seeking homelessness help because of financial stress and the housing crisis,’ a media release from the national body reads.
‘Of those turned away from homelessness services because they lacked the resources to assist, 80 per cent were women and children and 31 per cent were children under 18.’
The body have called on the government to increase funding to help support those who need help with homelessnes.
‘The Federal Government has recently committed to new resources for social housing which is welcome, but while the housing crisis continues to drive increased homelessness, a significant funding boost is needed to cope with this unprecedented surge in demand,’ Kate Colvin, Homelessness Australia CEO, said.
‘Australia has the means to end homelessness, we just need the will.’