Homelessness is a complex issue faced by our community. On Census night in 2016 there were an estimated 9,005 people who were homeless in Western Australia - sleeping rough, couch surfing or living in boarding houses, supported accommodation for the homeless or severely overcrowded accommodation.
People experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness can face multiple difficulties and often require access to a wide range of supports and services. The complexity of the issue means that it cannot be solved by one agency or organisation working alone. All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030 (the Strategy) is a whole-of-community plan, setting the direction for all levels of government, business and the community sector in responding to and preventing homelessness in Western Australia.
A printable Strategy on a page is also available for download in PDF. (Can be printed up to A3 in size.)
Community consultations for the Strategy were held throughout regional and metropolitan Western Australia in September and October 2018. Consultations were held in Broome, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Karratha, Geraldton, Albany, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Cockburn, Joondalup and the Perth CBD.
For those who were not able to attend the face-to-face consultations, an online survey was available throughout November and December 2018, with 276 responses received.
Please visit this page to view the consultation and survey reports, where you will also find an overall summary report outlining the consultation process and key findings.
In March 2019, the Supporting Communities Forum Homelessness Working Group released the Directions Paper for the 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness Western Australia.
The purpose of the paper was to share the work that had been done so far and to seek feedback on the proposed strategic directions for supporting those who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.
The Directions Paper was open for public comment for six weeks and over 55 submissions were received. Some organisations have agreed to their submissions being made public. You can find them at: Submissions on Directions Paper.
A report on the feedback is available for download.
A summary of how the feedback was incorporated into the final strategy can be found here.
The video below features Debra Zanella, Chief Executive Officer, Ruah Community Services and the Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Community Services.