Office of Homelessness

The Office of Homelessness has been established by the Department of Communities with the aim of achieving better outcomes for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Overview

The Department of Communities established the Office of Homelessness in early 2022 to provide a dedicated focus on the stewardship, coordination, strategic planning, and practices relating to homelessness.

Homelessness is a complex social issue and our community is concerned about these highly vulnerable people, especially those experiencing the most acute forms of chronic homelessness and rough sleeping.

Reducing the number of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness is a priority for the State Government with new activity and investment being guided by All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030 (the Strategy).
 
To progress the priorities of the Strategy and improve accountability and transparency, a Ministerial Homelessness portfolio was created to collectively achieve better outcomes for people experiencing, or a risk of homelessness.

To break the cycle of homelessness requires collaboration across state and local governments, community organisations including Aboriginal organisations and elders, to ensure there is adequate housing, appropriate health services and other support services. 

The Department of Communities invests more than $100 million in specialist services and programs for people experiencing homelessness each year. These funded services range from accommodation to life essentials and specialist support.

The State Government is aware of the challenges created by current housing market pressures and is working hard to support those affected, investing $2.4 billion over four years, to improve the quality and accessibility of social housing and homelessness services in the State.

Announcements

Page reviewed 24 November 2022