Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Minister calls for awareness on homelessness

    5/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Homeless Persons Week runs from August 6 to August 12
    • Minister encourages West Australians to get behind local initiatives

    On the eve of the 2012 Homeless Persons Week, Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney acknowledged those in the community who may be sleeping rough.


    “Homeless Persons Week starts tomorrow and I hope this draws the wider community’s attention to this social issue,” Mrs McSweeney said.


    “Homelessness is a serious community concern with people becoming homeless for many different reasons.  These include the breakdown of relationships; domestic and family violence; financial difficulties; eviction or ending of previous accommodation; substance abuse; mental illness; or a lack of affordable and accessible housing and accommodation.


    “This Liberal-National Government is committed to supporting and enabling people experiencing homelessness to break out of the cycle and has embarked upon numerous new initiatives to help those in need.”


    The State Government injected $68million towards combating homelessness in Western Australia through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.  This financial year $45.8million will be provided through the joint Commonwealth-State National Affordable Housing Agreement for specialist homelessness services.


    Other initiatives include:

    • $5.4million for an acute homeless night shelter for men
    • $23million towards the new 148-bed St Bartholomew’s House in East Perth
    • $8.3million towards helping 81 organisations to sustain and improve homelessness programs
    • Oxford Foyer, which will provide accommodation and training for up to 98 young people between the ages of 16 to 25.

    The Minister encouraged the community to get behind worthy appeals held during the week.

    • 882 6PR and Community Newspapers Group’s Sox n Jox appeal is calling for new jocks and socks for the homeless. Collection points are at 6PR’s studios, 163 Hay Street, East Perth; Community Newspaper Groups suburban offices; and the Minister’s collection is in the foyer of London House, 216 St Georges Terrace
    • 98.5 Sonshine FM’s sleeping bag appeal, is collecting new and used sleeping bags. Sleeping bags can be dropped off at the studios on Murray Street, Como from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

          Fact File

    • For a calendar of events during the week please visit http://www.communityhousing.com.au
    • Western Australia Homelessness State Plan 2010-2013 is available at http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500