A number of workstreams have rapidly mobilised within the taskforce to drive critical work
The Taskforce on Homelessness has members from across the community sector and Department of Communities. We are working to ensure people with lived experience can become members of the taskforce and inform all areas.
Community sector representatives are from the Aboriginal controlled Health Council of WA, UnitingCare West, The Salvation Army, Tenancy WA, Wungening, Ruah, Albany Youth Services Association, Centre for Social Impact, Day Dawn Advocacy Centre, School of Public Health (Curtin University), Mooritj Koort, Anglicare, Centrecare, St Patrick’s Community Services, Access Housing, St Bart’s, Centrecare Kimberley, the WA Alliance to End Homelessness and Shelter WA, along with staff from the Department of Communities and a representative from the Minister’s office.
Several workstreams are now underway
A number of workstreams have rapidly mobilised within the taskforce to drive critical work. These evolve as circumstances change. Current workstreams include Congregate Living, Essential Services Definition, Health Safety and PPE, Housing Options, Rough Sleepers, Outreach, Integration and Platforms, and the System Coming Together. A distributed leadership model enables taskforces to rapidly progress work and craft solutions that are needed, with whole of taskforce meetings twice a week.
Links to other taskforces
The Homelessness Taskforce are strongly linked with other taskforces within Communities and the Mental Health Commission – Disability, Family and Domestic Violence, Aboriginal people and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, Children in Care, Seniors, Remote Communities, Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drugs and Youth. The taskforces report to the Department of Communities and Mental Health Commission Community Sector Partnerships Team – who link through on one hand thought to the Communities Incident Management Team, then up to the Department of Premier and Cabinet Pandemic Unit and the Department of Health pandemic response – and the other hand through to the peak bodies and into the Community Sector.
In addition Shelter WA is on a cross-government Working in Partnership on COVID-19 taskforce coordinated by the Department of Finance, and the peaks, coordinating the sector response to COVID-19. If you have issues that you would like to raise we would love to hear from you.