HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2017
9,600 people experience homelessness every night in WA
7,000 people are living in insecure housing and just
one step away from homelessness.
Now is the time to end homelessness, not just manage it!
Homelessness Week (HW) is led by Homelessness Australia and in this State, led by Shelter WA with funding from Lotterywest and the Department of Communities. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness about homelessness, with the ultimate objective of ending homelessness.
The week starts with a ‘Launch’, 7 August at The Platform on Adelaide Terrace, hosted by Shelter WA. Eminent speakers including Simone McGurk MLA, Kathleen Gregory AM CEO of Foundation Housing and Professor Paul Flatau, Director Centre for Social Impact, University of WA, will discuss this year’s theme, ‘Let’s end homelessness, not just manage it’’.
The second Shelter WA event comprises a Forum and Workshop to examine how our systems of government and community services can work more effectively to address homelessness, and insecure housing among people with severe mental illness. Shelter WA is pleased to announce that the Deputy Premier Roger Cook MLA will open the event, and Eileen Baldry, Professor of Criminology and Academic Chair at the University of NSW, will lead facilitation at the workshop.
There are more events around the State including sleepout’s in Broome and Esperance, Soup Kitchen’s in Leederville and Perth CBD, art activities and exhibitions, BBQ’s, boot-sales, open days and even a virtual reality journey. View the entire program at www.shelterwa.org.au/homelessness_week
Shelter WA invites everyone to participate in Homelessness Week and to help raise awareness of homelessness. Let’s join together to end homelessness, and not just manage it.
HOMELESSNESS WEEK 7 – 13 AUGUST 2017
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