The WA Government is spending nearly $300,000 to expand homelessness programs in Fremantle and Stirling.
City of Fremantle
The City of Fremantle will receive a grant of over $96,000 to appoint a crisis intervention outreach officer, providing outreach and mental health intervention for people with complex health issues that are experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping. It will link them with a direct pathway to appropriate housing and/or accommodation support services.
Manager of Community Development at the City of Fremantle, Beverley Bone said the program taps into service partnerships arrangements.
“It will work to strengthen continuity of connections to other services in a place-based approach, enabling the improvement of the primary and mental, safety and security of the individual,” Ms Bone said.
City of Stirling
More than $180,000 will be provided to the City of Stirling for a project which delivers individualised street-based support for rough sleepers. In partnership with Uniting WA it will deliver individualised, street-based support to people experiencing rough sleeping in the Stirling local government area.
Mayor Mark Irwin welcomed the grant funding, which will go towards the Stirling Homelessness Support project.
“Guided by our Homelessness Strategy, the City will be able to comprehensively deliver our role of identifying people who are experiencing homelessness and referring them to appropriate professional services.
“We look forward to our partnership with Uniting WA to increase access to outreach services, as well as providing information through the City’s four Community Hubs.”
“Local governments have crucial local knowledge.”
Homelessness Minister John Carey MLA congratulated the councils on their funding.
“Local governments have crucial local knowledge, play a key role in local planning decisions, and are well placed to facilitate partnerships and coordinate appropriate responses to homelessness in their communities,” Mr Carey said.
“We are currently undertaking an overarching review of how we invest in homelessness services in Western Australia, and this will include an assessment about the future of the Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness.”
Local Government Homelessness Knowledge Hub
The funding comes as Shelter WA continues work on its Local Government Homelessness Knowledge Hub. In partnership with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and Local Government Professionals WA (LG Pro), a Strengthening and Adapting Organisations Grant from Lotterywest has created case studies, templates, training, and examples of best practice in strategic and policy responses to homelessness.
The launch of the hub will take place during Homelessness Week.