HEART service to extend across Rockingham, Stirling and continue services in Mandurah

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Department of Communities is supporting a 15-month grant extension of the Homeless Engagement, Assessment and Response Team (HEART) service as part of its $34.2 million investment package for the continuation of successful homelessness programs.
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The 15-month grant extension will continue HEART outreach services delivered by St Patrick’s Community Support Centre (St Pats) in partnership with Uniting WA, Noongar Mia Mia and Indigo Junction across the Perth CBD, Midland, Joondalup,  Mandurah and Fremantle areas. HEART will also expand operations into Rockingham and Stirling to continue the current outreach footprint.

Outreach services in Rockingham commence from today and will be delivered through St Pats. Uniting WA will continue outreach operations across City of Stirling from 28 September 20-24.

The HEART model provides responsive, assertive outreach primarily for people who are experiencing chronic rough sleeping and connects them directly with specialist support services.

HEART works with highly vulnerable people with complex needs and assists them to transition from homelessness into long-term case management supports connecting them to safe accommodation and housing.

The grant extension will see HEART supported through to 30 September 2025, following which the program is set to be implemented under the State Government’s Commissioning Plan.

For more information visit our Homeless Engagement, Assessment Response Team (HEART) and Safe Perth City Initiative webpage.

Photo credit: St Pat's HEART crew (L-R) Ben, Fionnuala, Hush, Rachel, HEART Team Leader Karen, St Pat's Support Services Manager Kim Rawson, Colwyn, Jonno and Rachel out and about in Fremantle.