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Homelessness Week 2018

'There's Always Something You Can Do'

Homelessness Week is a national week of events to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. In 2018, it will run from Monday, 6 August to Sunday 12 August.

The theme for Homelessness Week in WA this year is, ‘There’s always something you can do.’ We’re focusing on the things people can do that will end homelessness, and support people who are experiencing homelessness.

Shelter WA has received sponsorship from Lotterywest, the Department of Communities and Beyond Bank to host Homelessness Week in WA. We’ll be hosting and supporting a series of events in the metro  and regional areas, and sponsoring events to raise awareness of homelessness across the State.

Please get involved, see what you can do to help:

Homelessness Week Events 2018


Membership Update

Moving into our 40th year, Shelter WA is reviewing our membership strategy to enhance value, grow the member base and increase support for a more effective, affordable housing system. Shelter WA is offering 6-month memberships to January 2019 whilst this review occurs.

Your membership supports work towards our vision, that all people living in Western Australia have housing that enables them to thrive.

We greatly appreciate our member's support and invite you to be part of our community to lead the change through a collective voice, ensuring everybody has a place to call home.

Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA


State Budget Analysis 2018

Shelter WA has produced an analysis of the State Government budget papers and identified the key commitments and measures that will have a direct impact on all West Australians, with a focus on affordable housing and ending homelessness. 

Please read the analysis here


WA Census data: estimated number of people experiencing homelessness remains persistent 

Shelter WA and the Council to Homeless Persons have produced a collection of Census data and social media content relevant to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' recent Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016.

Shelter WA invites people to share the content on their social media channels and in their publications, as a way of ensuring all Australians understand the number of people, experiencing homelessness in WA, remains unacceptably high.

Census data and social media content, relevant to WA, is available by clicking here:

Census data and social media content, relevant to Australia, is available by clicking here:


Everyone needs a secure and affordable place to live

There are more than 9,000 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.

The 2016 Census of Population and Housing Estimating Homelessness Data shows that homelessness does not discriminate - it touches people of all ages, genders, cultures and regions throughout Western Australia.

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.


Shelter WA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.