Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney
Homelessness Accommodation Support Announced
Victor P Taffa
As part of the $135 Million Homelessness National Partnership Agreement (NPA), Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney today announced the successful providers for Homelessness Housing Support Workers in the Perth Metropolitan region.
Funding of $945,000 will be invested in nine providers to assist people currently residing in homeless accommodation services to link with mainstream services. These would help with issues including employment, financial management and access to health care to achieve stable long-term housing.
“The feedback from the non-government sector which has participated heavily in developing service models for each of the NPA initiatives has been extremely positive.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“I am confident the roll-out of the first series of initiatives will start to have an immediate impact on people experiencing homelessness.”
“I will shortly announce additional components of the NPA initiative, including the finalisation of the tender process for regional and rural areas of the State.”
The Minister said the housing support workers would liaise with housing providers including public housing, community housing and property managers in the private sector to source suitable properties for long-term housing and provide support to the new tenant to move into and sustain the tenancy.
Mrs. McSweeney said the following providers would receive a share of funding in the next four years to provide support services to meet the needs of individuals or families:
- Joondalup Youth Support Services
- Patricia Giles Centre
- Mercy Community Services
- Swan Emergency Accommodation
- Fremantle Multicultural Centre
- Anglicare WA
- Mission Australia.
The Minister said the NPA aimed by 2013 to reduce overall homelessness in Western Australia by 7 %, rough sleeping by 25 % and indigenous homelessness by 33 %.