A dedicated service precinct for community groups
A City of Perth trial of a dedicated service precinct for community groups that provide services to people experiencing homelessness in public places will be up and running early next year to drive a more coordinated approach to the issue in the CBD.
Located west of the rail line on Moore Street, the location will facilitate a more coordinated approach and reduce duplication between around 50 groups through an accredited approach to services operating within the City’s public places. Current amenities at the site include power, public toilets and water. The City of Perth will invest in additional amenities such as bins, cleansing services, lighting and security at this site.
A focus on getting organisations to work together
“We can no longer afford to do the same old approach, ad hoc across the city,” said Perth MLA John Carey.
“This is about consolidating current efforts, reducing duplication and making better use of the resources we all have. This process will be challenging for some groups, but we need a real focus on getting organisations to work together rather (than) in their own world.”
At the City of Perth Launch of Accreditation Services in the Public Realm Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie congratulated the Council.
“This is a positive initiative by the City in partnership with the State Government, the community services sector and the many volunteer groups who work within the City. There is a great deal of goodwill with individuals and groups wanting to actively help people experiencing homelessness in the public places. This initiative will ensure not only that service delivery is coordinated but that people are linked into longer term services and supports so that we work to end homelessness, not just manage it,” she said.
The initiative is part of an overall homelessness plan
“The City of Perth has a homelessness plan and this initiative demonstrates their commitment to ending homelessness in the City. With over 9,000 people experience homelessness every night across WA, Local Governments have a key role to play through their community development, community safety, town planning and other functions to support the provision of social and affordable housing and to end homelessness.”
The precinct will run as a 12-month trial and services from the site will launch in January 2020.
Further information on the Accreditation Process of Homelessness Services in the Public Realm in Perth can be found here.