The Department of Communities has been working with government agencies, the community services sector, Aboriginal organisations, local government authorities and the wider community to develop a strategy to address homelessness in Western Australia. This complex issue requires a true partnership approach as there is no one cause or solution for everyone and it cannot be solved by government or the community services sector alone.
The Department gathered knowledge from a wide range of stakeholders and academic research throughout this process and listened deeply to the voices of lived experience.
This morning, the Premier and the Minister for Community Services announced the whole-of-community strategy for tackling homelessness in WA. All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030 sets out a vision where everyone has a safe place to call home and is supported to achieve stable and independent lives.
The Strategy will be implemented through two Action Plans that will move us towards our ten-year vision. The first Action Plan 2020-2025 is currently under development with key agencies and community sector organisations.
There will be a sustained focus on rough sleeping over the next five years, ensuring people have immediate access to safe and stable housing and wraparound supports.
We will also focus on ensuring that services are accessible and easy to navigate, and that there are tailored supports available for a range of vulnerable cohorts including older women, veterans, people with a disability, children leaving care, women and children affected by family and domestic violence, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Additional funding was also announced this morning for three key initiatives to support the implementation of the Strategy:
- $35 million in capital funds to construct two Common Ground facilities that will provide permanent, supported housing for vulnerable rough sleepers;
- $34.5 million for a Housing First Homelessness Initiative that will use private rental subsidies to rapidly house at least 170 of Western Australia’s most vulnerable rough sleepers with wraparound support; and
- $2.25 million to develop and implement an Online Homelessness Information Portal that will improve the visibility and coordination of homelessness services and help enable a No Wrong Door approach to service delivery.
For more information
Visit the Homelessness strategy webpage.