National Homelessness Week is held every year during the first week of August and aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.

This year the Week runs from 5-11 August and its Western Australian theme is “Home, Safe Home”, promoting the idea that everyone has the right to a home and to feel safe.

On any given night within our state, around 9,000 people experience homelessness. This is an unacceptable statistic that needs to be rectified.

As part of the Department of Communities’ contributions towards the Week, Mr Bob Jordan, National Director of Housing First – Dublin City Council has been invited to deliver a presentation to staff. Bob will offer invaluable insight to the policy models used overseas to reduce and ultimately eliminate homelessness.

In addition, the Department will be launching its book, When there’s no place to call home. The book is a collection of stories from people with lived experiences of homelessness.

In its broader efforts to reduce this social issue, the Department is also preparing a 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness which is expected to be finalised in late 2019. The Strategy will be a whole-of community plan to tackle homelessness in our state and will find better ways to prevent homelessness and support those who are experiencing it.

To find out how you can actively get involved in making homelessness history, visit the End Homelessness WA webpage.

If you are homeless, or are at risk of homelessness, please visit the Department’s homeless support page.

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