Community Sector Partnership Team – Taskforce on Homelessness Update

Hello everyone,

Following on from last Thursday’s COVID-19 Taskforce on Homelessness meeting, please see below the key issues covered and actions going forward:

  • Scenario Planning
    Anglicare WA’s Kate Chaney is assisting the Taskforce with creating a strategic response for potential COVID-19 related scenarios that could eventuate during the remainder of 2020. Four potential issues will be identified ranging from cluster outbreaks to social impacts. Kate will be interviewing taskforce members over the coming week to gauge the impacts on their services from the possible scenarios.
  • Preparing for the “new” normal
    With limited community spread of COVID-19 and restrictions continuing to be eased, the Taskforce discussed the logistics of a staged return to face-to-face service delivery, with many agencies having moved to phone and online support during the pandemic. The support agencies will need to transition to business-as-usual was also considered. Digital engagement has delivered mixed success, ensuring continued contact during isolation for people with access to devices and data, however others have withdrawn from service contact increasing their risk levels.
  • Data Collection
    Acknowledging the gap in data collection around people experiencing homelessness in the metropolitan area, it was agreed the different data sets – in particular the By Name List and data collection by Local Governments – need to be brought together in collaboration between services and Department for one common collection point. This work will be pursued over the coming week.
  • Emergency Accommodation Added 1300 COVID Line
    The WA-based COVID-19 hotline has been updated to include a dedicated triage option for the sector to access emergency accommodation for clients needing to isolate due to COVID-19.
  • Collaboration With Nous Group
    Partnership modelling is now being undertaken by Nous, following the recent Co-Chairs Workshop. It is expected to be presented to Co-chairs this week.

The next Taskforce meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, 21 May, where the frequency of these meetings will be considered, with most taskforces now meeting fortnightly.

Thank you,

Tiffany Allen
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Taskforce: People at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.