Pop up beds put to bed

The City of Perth has struck out its plan to house pop-up beds in council carparks for people experiencing homelessness due to each of its sites falling short of National Construction Code requirements.

Sites

Council identified five possible sites including Pier Street, Cultural Centre and Wellington Street Carparks and the Citiplace Community Centre at Perth Train Station. Under the Code, a “building must comply with the building use of an emergency/crisis accommodation – dormitory style Class 3 (Accommodation)”.

Council minutes show none of the sites met the criteria and to raise the Citiplace Community Centre up to the necessary standard, to allow beds, would come at an “estimated cost of $500,000 with a construction time of seven weeks”.

The Council instead opted to upgrade the Citiplace Centre to meet the Class 9b (Public) building use identified with no beds requiring “minimal mandatory works and approvals which can be completed within one to two weeks at a cost of $27,900, subject to contractor availability”.

[L-R] Basil Zempilas and Executive Officer WA Alliance John Berger

Safe Shelter

The male only Safe Shelter will have capacity for a maximum of 15 people and will operate seven days a week from 10.00pm – 6.30am to accommodate normal day time services at Citiplace. It will be staffed by two support workers and two security personnel.

“In partnership with the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness Shelter WA expressed deep concern about a trail of Beddown in the City’s carparks,” Ms Mackenzie said.

“If the trial is deemed a success, we encourage the City of Perth to continue to work with service providers, people with lived experience, and the state government to develop safe interim housing options that provide a pathway to permanent homes and service support. We know through the By-Name List there are 1,041 people sleeping rough for Perth, Fremantle and surrounds, and we desperately need increased investment into social housing and homelessness services.”

The two-month trial commences in July and will end in September.