Homelessness Week is a national week to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face, and the action needed to end homelessness not just manage it.
On Friday, 5 August 2022 the Minister for Housing; Homelessness; Local Government Hon. John Carey MLA officially launched the Local Government Homelessness Knowledge Hub. Led by housing and homelessness peak body Shelter WA, in partnership with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and Local Government Professionals (LGPro) the Local Government Homelessness Knowledge Hub is supported by Lotterywest.
The online platform brings together a range of resources to support Local Governments across WA to respond to homelessness.
Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie said the knowledge hub lived the values and spirit of ending homelessness in WA, by working together to solve the complex issues that cause homelessness.
“I’m so proud of this collaborative project that will support local governments to implement evidence-based homelessness solutions that respond to local community needs,” she said.
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WALGA President Karen Chappel said the information would support Local Government staff working across a range of areas.
“Local Governments support initiatives that assist homeless people in our community across its various and diverse areas of responsibility including urban and regional planning, community safety and community development,” she said.
“Another great example of the sector coming together.”
LGPro Chief Executive Officer Candy Choo said this hub was born from a memorandum of understanding between the organisations.
“The spirit of collaboration and knowledge sharing has always been strong between Local Governments, and this is another great example of the sector coming together to enhance the support it provides to the WA community,” she said.
In his speech the Minister for Housing; Homelessness; Local Government Hon. John Carey MLA welcomed the Local Government Homelessness Knowledge Hub.
“Anything that helps organisations to focus on the efforts that we need to do to end rough sleeping is critical,” Minister Carey said. “I also want to thank those Local Governments who are prepared to enter this space. It is the state government responsibility to accelerate and do everything it can in housing, but it’s a collective responsibility of all tiers of government and our community to help the most vulnerable people.
“Congratulations Shelter WA.”
“Congratulations Shelter WA, congratulations LGPro and WALGA and thank you to the Local Governments like Wanneroo and Joondalup who are prepared to stand up and assist rough sleepers in their local communities.”
Regional Homelessness Plan
At this event both the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo launched their 2022/23-2025/26 Regional Homelessness Plan.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said homelessness is an issue that cannot be solved by one group or organisation alone.
“Homelessness knows no boundaries and the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo will continue to work together to tackle this very complex issue,” he said.
“Our role as local governments is one of coordination, support, and advocacy – in collaboration and partnership with the State and Federal Government, homeless support services, community organisations and other relevant stakeholders.”
Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Brett Treby said the joint plan created a clear path for the cities to help address homelessness in the region.
“Addressing homelessness requires a collaborative approach.”
“As with other issues facing our community, effectively addressing homelessness in our region requires a collaborative approach,” he said.
“The partnership between our cities, and the support of local service providers, ensures our efforts to address this complex issue will not be duplicated, but enhanced.”
Visit the Local Government Homelessness Knowledge Hub here.
Homelessness Week 2022 would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Lotterywest, the WA Alliance to End Homelessness, Department of Communities, Fleetwood Australia, Uniting Church in the City and Beyond Bank.
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