Department of Communities Homelessness Update

An update on the current work in the Department of Communities Homelessness Team.

System Alignment Analysis

On Friday, 23 July 2021 Communities released the Homeless Service System Alignment Analysis and Road Map, by Dr Gaye MacKenzie of Collective IQ. The Road Map recommends that the current homelessness service system transition into an Accountable Community System (this term has been used for the more common terms of person-centred, place-based and outcomes focused) and includes a timeline and key activities to support this transition. Communities intends to progress this this work in partnership with the sector over the coming months.

Boorloo Bidee Mia

$14.3 million has been committed to an interim facility to house up to 100 rough sleepers in the Perth CBD. The service will operate under the name Boorloo Bidee Mia, which represents ‘Perth pathway to housing’ in the Whadjuk dialect of the Noongar language. The facility was developed in consultation with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and Noongar Mia Mia. Boorloo Bidee Mia is scheduled to open its doors in August 2021.

Local Government Homelessness Fund

The State Government has committed $6 million to the Local Government Partnership Fund to partner and co-fund homelessness initiatives tailored to local government areas’ needs. The Fund was announced by Minister McGurk during Homelessness Week 2021 and will be open for applications until Friday, 15 October 2021.

More information can be found here.

Hon. Simone McGurk MLA Minister for Community Services

Online Homelessness Services Portal

The Online Homelessness Services Portal is core enabling infrastructure for the No Wrong Door approach to service delivery as defined in a co-design process in 2020 with the community services sector, led by the Centre for Social Impact. A procurement process is currently underway to secure appropriate technical development capacity. Communities intends to undertake significant engagement in the design and development of the Portal with community service organisations and people with lived experience so that it appropriately reflects the needs of service providers and clients. More information will be available following the award of the Portal contract.

Finding Home Program

At the time Housing First Homelessness Initiative was approved the use of private rental subsidies was identified as a quick and viable way to unlock sustainable housing options. Since that time the economic and social impact of COVID-19 has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of properties available for rent. In response to a changing housing market, Communities is currently examining a number of options that will allow for sustainable housing to be sourced into the Finding Home Program.

Homelessness Week

This year’s theme is Housing Solutions to End Homelessness. We would like to acknowledge Shelter WA’s leading role in coordinating Homelessness Week every year in Western Australia. Homelessness Week was officially opened by the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Community Services.

Community Services Sector

The Department of Communities are pleased to share with you an overview of the Department of Communities Leadership Team, as well as key business areas and contacts across Communities. If you have any queries or can’t find the area you are looking for please contact the Sector Partnerships team here and they will connect you to the relevant area within Communities.