Local governments share knowledge on homelessness with new hub

An online hub for Local Governments to share information and inform evidence-based homelessness solutions that respond to local community needs has been lauded as the first of its kind in Australia.

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.

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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.

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.

LGPWA CEO Candy Choo said this hub was born from an MOU between the organisations.

“A great example of the sector coming together.”

“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.

The Hub will be launched as part of Homelessness Week 2022 at an event on Friday August 5 at 1.30pm at the Joondalup Reception Centre.

The City of Joondalup and the City of Wanneroo will also launch their second Regional Homelessness Plan. The new Plan demonstrates the joint City’s commitment to ending homelessness in the region and it will be delivered in partnership with Joondalup Wanneroo Ending Homelessness Group.

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Sarah Quinton | 0439 439 233. sarah.quinton@shelterwa.org.au