Homelessness Week, 7-13 August 2017
Homelessness Week runs annually during the first full week of August. The week promotes a greater understanding of homelessness, as well as how best to prevent and end homelessness. Shelter WA thanks Lotterywest and Department of Child Protection and Family Support for the generous support to host this important week of events.
This years theme for Homelessness Week in WA is 'Let's end homelessness, not just manage it'.
Everyone needs a secure and affordable place to live
There are 9,600 people experiencing homelessness every night in WA, and another 7,000 people living in insecure housing, one step away from homelessness. This would more than fill the Perth arena every night.
Western Australia has experienced over a decade of exorbitant property and rental prices, putting many households in housing stress (where more than 30% of their income goes towards housing costs). Despite a drop in rental prices in WA, rents still remain unaffordable for those on low incomes and pensions. Home ownership is becoming equally unaffordable for young people and families on low to moderate incomes.
Shelter WA understands that ending homelessness and addressing WA's housing affordability issues are problems that are bigger than individuals, organisations, governments and markets. Ending homelessness is a goal that can only be achieved if a wide group of stakeholders work together to make a difference.
Shelter WA works to make a difference through advocacy, research, policy development and consultations that support access to affordable and secure housing and addressing issues that lead to homelessness. We also encourage partnerships between the housing industry, the community housing and social services sector, and government, to deliver affordable housing solutions.
Looking for accommodation?
Shelter WA is not a provider of accommodation. If you are seeking emergency accommodation, please call Entrypoint Perth on (08) 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care on (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008.
For information on available housing supports across Western Australia, please visit our online support services directory, Housing Options & Resources.