Being homeless is not unlawful

Ahead of Shelter WA’s mayoral debate on homelessness it is clear to see that mayoral candidates are struggling to understand the complexities of homelessness in our city.


Homelessness is a complex social issue that transcends all spheres of government and society, requiring us all to work collaboratively towards a common goal to end homelessness. There are solutions which if put in place would ensure that the homelessness issues in the city would not be getting worse. The evidence points to what needs to be done.

Local Government Involvement

A number of local governments across Western Australia have worked in partnership with their communities, people with lived experience of homelessness and the community services sector to develop good, evidence-based strategies that respond to local issues. This provides a roadmap for a collective response and effort towards a common goal of ending, not managing homelessness.

A Bold Mayor

With a post COVID-19 surge in domestic violence, a rental market that is unaffordable to many people, a lack of social and affordable housing to meet current and projected demand, and homelessness services stretched beyond capacity, we need a Lord Mayor who is bold, compassionate, and ready to collaborate building on the positive work already in place across the City. This includes engagement with people with lived experience of homelessness, researchers, and the community services sector.

We urge all candidates to take time to look at the evidence of what works, and the positive initiatives in Perth that are providing permanent homes and support for people who have experienced homelessness, and what the City can do to support and grow these initiatives as they craft their response to ending homelessness.

Further Information

To arrange an interview with our CEO Michelle Mackenzie, please contact Heather Bush, Head of Communications and Marketing here.