New accommodation service and hope for people sleeping rough

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A former hotel on Murray Street, West Perth purchased by Communities for $5.15 million to support people sleeping rough as part of a Housing First supported accommodation service. A community housing organisation will be appointed to manage the site, with the tender process now open on Tenders WA.
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Our significant homelessness reforms continue in 2023 with the State Government announcing today the acquisition of the Murray Hotel in West Perth for supported accommodation services for people sleeping rough or experiencing chronic homelessness in the Perth metropolitan area.

The hotel building at 718 Murray Street, West Perth has been purchased by the Department of Communities for $5.15 million and will be leased to a community housing organisation to provide supported accommodation services for people sleeping rough.

The acquisition of the Murray Street site is another major boost to the State Government’s homeless reforms and supports the $24.2 million Supportive Landlord package, which included $20.7 million to provide 100 homes for people sleeping rough.

In keeping with the complexity of the needs of these vulnerable people, and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents, the intake of all residents will be carefully  managed through a coordination group led by the Department of Communities in partnership with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness with access to the By-Name List.

Jacqui Herring, Executive Director of the Office of Homelessness said an expression of interest opens today to find and appoint a community housing organisation to manage the site.

“We’re looking for a community housing organisation to partner and work with us to deliver Housing First supported accommodation and property and tenancy management services for this exciting new homelessness accommodation option in WA.

“This new facility will complement current accommodation options in the Perth CBD for people who are rough sleeping including, Boorloo Bidee Mia in Wellington Street and Koort Boodja in Northbridge.

This unique acquisition by the Department of Communities will offer hope for those people who have experienced chronic homelessness, providing them with a safe place to live,” Jacqui said.

For more information visit the Office of Homelessness webpage.

Image credit: The Murray Hotel.