Lord Mayoral Forum

Shelter WA & the WA Alliance to End Homelessness will host a forum between the seven candidates who hope to be the next City of Perth Mayor.

Facilitated by 10 News First journalist Tim Gossage, the Ending Homelessness debate will play an important role in keeping one of the city’s biggest issues firmly on the agenda. Join the following candidates as they outline their policies on how to end homelessness.

Every Candidate

  • Sandy Anghie
  • Di Bain
  • Mark Gibson
  • Brodie McCulloch
  • Bruce Reynolds
  • Tim Schwass
  • Basil Zempilas

Also joining the discussion will be

– The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor – Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors.

– Amanda Hunt, CEO Uniting WA.

– Josh Serafini, Lived Experience Advocate.

What Works

Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie is delighted each candidate committed to attend.

“Never have we seen homelessness in the city so heavily scrutinised in a mayoral election,” Ms Mackenzie said. “This tells us the community is looking for strong solutions to be brought to the table and our sector has the evidence and knows what works.

“Services have seen a marked increase in homelessness in the City. As the the impact of COVID-19 pushes more West Australians into financial difficulty, rental and mortgage stress, homelessness will increase. The growing demand continues to stretch services and the acute lack of social and affordable housing options contributes to people sleeping rough in our city.”

Late last year The City of Perth spent more than $140,000 on a new site in Moore Street to facilitate access to voluntary homelessness services in one central location.

The City has continued to address homelessness through an Action Plan which aligns with All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030, and the WA Alliance to End Homelessness’ 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness in Western Australia.

The Forum Details

The Ending Homelessness Mayoral Forum will be held on Tuesday 22 of September from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at The Platform, L3, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.

Shelter WA

Shelter WA is the independent peak body in Western Australia that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness. Our vision is that all people living in Western Australia have housing that enables them to thrive.

WA Alliance to End Homellessness (Alliance)

The Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (Alliance), is comprised of a group of individuals and organisations that have come together to end homelessness in Western Australia.

Fast Facts

· Over 9,000 people experience homelessness every day across WA.

· Over 4,300 people access specialist homelessness services every day.

· Over 14,000 are on the wait list for social housing.

· Over 6,000 people who live in insecure housing are at risk of homelessness.

· Over 32,000 social homes are needed in Western Australia to meet current need.

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To arrange an interview with our CEO Michelle Mackenzie, please contact Heather Bush, Head of Communications and Marketing here.

Visit the Mayoral Forum page here.