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.
Key achievements to date
- The establishment of a new Ministerial homelessness portfolio in early 2022, together with the creation of the Office of Homelessness within the department to collectively achieve better outcomes for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
- A $24.2 million package of homelessness reforms to support rough sleepers in our communities including enhancing support networks, delivering more social housing stock and boosting the availability of accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.
- Our partnership with Housing Choices to deliver the Djuripiny Mia program providing 100 homes for vulnerable and complex individuals in Perth metropolitan, Peel and Bunbury regions. To date this supportive landlord model has added 56 properties to stock and is helping change the lives of vulnerable people with access to intensive support.
- Boorloo Bidee Mia - the WA Government’s supported accommodation in the Perth CBD for people sleeping rough. Boorloo Bidee Mia is the first low barrier homelessness service of its kind, offering culturally supportive accommodation for some of the most complex individuals, many of whom have experienced long-term homelessness.
- A $5.5 million acquisition of the Murray Hotel in West Perth to provide an additional 30 rooms for people experiencing homelessness in the metropolitan area with St Vincent de Paul Society in WA recently appointed to manage the service.
- A $1 million extension in funding through to September 2023 for the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (WAAEH) to strengthen existing collaborative arrangements and facilitate contribution and understanding of the By-Name List data in support of prioritising evidence-based homelessness service delivery.
- Common Ground - $73.5 million for the planning and design of two Common Ground facilities in East Perth and Mandurah that will provide permanent, supported housing for people who are sleeping rough or experiencing chronic homelessness.
Action Plan 2020-2025
Released to coincide with Homelessness Week in August 2020, the Action Plan 2020-2025 is the first of two five-year plans that will drive the implementation of the Strategy and help achieve its outcomes.
The Action Plan 2020-2025 focuses on building a No Wrong Door approach to service delivery, increasing low-barrier crisis responses, ending rough sleeping and supporting innovation. It is also recognises the need to provide culturally appropriate support and to acknowledge the specific vulnerabilities of rough sleepers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and young people.
A copy of the Action Plan 2020-2025 is available for download.