Homelessness Week

Homelessness Week (HW) 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.

In 2017, Homelessness Week runs from 7-13 August.

This years theme for Homelessness Week in WA is 'Let's end homelessness, not just manage it'.

Individuals and organisations responding to homelessness, or concerned with the issue, are encouraged to host their own events during the week.  Shelter WA, with the support and guidance of the Homelessness Week Reference Group, is taking a lead role in organising and coordinating events throughout metropolitan and regional WA.

Shelter WA thanks Lotterywest and Department of Child Protection and Family Support for the generous support to host this important week of events

Event Grants

As well as hosting our own events, and co-ordinating a media and promotional campaign throughout the state, we have established an event grants program to provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations hosting an event or exhibition during Homelessness Week.

Event grants applications for 2017 have closed. Approved grant recipients will be notified shortly and included in Shelter WA's Calendar of Events.



  • Monday, August 07, 2017 at 08:30 AM · $5.00 AUD
    The Platform in Perth, Australia

    Homelessness Week Launch WA

    'Let's end homelessness, not just manage it' is the theme for Homelessness Week WA 2017, and the topic of discussion at the Homelessness Week Launch.

    Join us in discussing this key issue with key speakers, including:

    - Simone McGurk MLA - Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interest; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services;

    - Kathleen Gregory AM - CEO of Foundation Housing, WA Council on Homelessness Chairperson, Shelter WA Board Member;

    - Professor Paul Flatau - Director, Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia

    All attendees are encouraged to donate to assist in covering the cost of this event, if you are unable to, please contact Shelter WA on 9325 6660 or email shelterwa@shelterwa.org.au.

  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at 09:00 AM · $70.00 AUD
    The Duxton in Perth, Australia

    Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness

    Shelter WA is pleased to invite you to our event examining how our systems of government and community services can work more effectively to address homelessness and insecure housing among people with severe mental illness.

    We are pleased to confirm that the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier, Minister for Health, Mental Health will be opening the event. He will be joined by the soon to be Director General of the Department of Community Services, Grahame Searle, the Mental Health Commissioner, Tim Marney, Emergency Specialist at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Dr. Amanda Stafford, and Professor of Criminology and Academic Chair at the UNSW, Eileen Baldry

    The morning will be structured in two parts. Registering for this event enables you to participate in both sessions, or one, it is your choice.

    - FORUM: 9:00 – 11:00am: This  forum that will cover how government can work more effectively to improve housing outcomes for those with severe mental illness. It will include presentations from the key speakers highlighted.

    - 11.00 – 11.30: Light lunch

    - WORKSHOP: 11:30am – 1:00pm,  This workshop will be facilitated by Professor of Criminology and Academic Chair at the UNSW, Eileen Baldry, focussing on how the community sector can be a key driver in the reform process.

    This event will be an example of collective thinking that can inform the Machinery of Government Reform process targeting a complex social issue.

    If you are unsure about your current membership status please call Shelter WA on 9325 6660 or email admin@shelterwa.org.au.

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