Ending Homelessness Report

In 2018, the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (WAAEH) released The Western Australian Strategy to End Homelessness.

It was developed collaboratively with hundreds of stakeholders of the WA homelessness eco-system and a group of organisations that came together with the goal of ending homelessness. WAAEH also committed to completing annual reports on the state of homelessness in Western Australia and the important programs and initiatives aimed at ending homelessness in Western Australia.

The first report was launched during homelessness week 2019 and was funded by Lotterywest.

Watch the event here

Advance to Zero

The Ending Homelessness in Western Australia 2021 report builds on previous work from the Centre for Social Impact The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) by presenting an analysis of homelessness in Western Australia, using the Advance to Zero database, presenting the first comprehensive analysis of Western Australia’s Advance to Zero data from 2012 onwards, undertaking an analysis of Western Australia’s homelessness policy and service context, and detailing the important initiatives that are on the ground now to end homelessness in Western Australia.

No Improvement

Professor Paul Flatau is the Director of CSI UWA and presented the session.

Professor Paul Flatau, CSI UWA

The report found at present, homelessness outcomes are not improving and there is a long way to go before we achieve the overall goal of ending homelessness.

“The initiatives of the Western Australian Government are critical at this time as our examination of recent trends on homelessness and the current state of play of homelessness in Western Australia in the report highlights just how far we need to go,” Professor Flatau said.

“It will take some time.”

“There is a long way to go before we achieve our targets and the overall goal of ending homelessness. It will take some time before the current range of measures may impact on homelessness outcomes.”

The report found limited progress against the seven targets of WAAEH has been made, if at all. “Our review of the Advance to Zero data for Western Australia also highlights the fact that, for those experiencing homelessness, particularly those who have had long periods rough sleeping, the level of need is particularly high,” Professor Flatau said. “We’re still seeing a very high rate in Aboriginal Homelessness, and very worrying numbers overall in the regions.”

Youth Homelessness

“There is a critical need going forward to focus on early onset child, adolescent and youth homelessness.

“Half of all adults currently experiencing homelessness were homeless before 18, so it’s really important to focus on teenagers and children right now to ‘turn off the tap’ and reduce high numbers of homelessness in future generations. The return on investment is huge when spent on children and teenagers,” he said.

Panel Discussion

As Professor Flatau finished his presentation a question-and-answer panel followed where local experts in the field shared their knowledge, insight, and thoughts on how the community, industry and community sector can end homelessness.

The panel comprised of Anthea Corbett; Lived Experience Advocate, Shannen Vallesi Research Associate at both the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) and CSI UWA, Michael Piu; Chief Executive Officer at St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre, John Berger; Executive Officer; WAAEH, Kate Ihanimo; Executive Manager of the Cannington and Gosnells Centrecare branches and Gayle Mitchell; Lead – Transitional Homelessness at Uniting WA.

Report

You can read the report here.