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

    Perth homelessness survey completed

    17/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Perth’s first Registry Week ran from August 13 to August 17
    • Survey collected information on profile of those sleeping rough in Perth
    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney joined the community sector staff and volunteers in braving chilly early mornings this week in support of Perth’s first Registry Week, a survey of homeless people and those sleeping rough in the inner city.

    Volunteers taking part in Registry Week were tasked with finding homeless people in Perth’s CBD, and helping them complete a ‘Vulnerability Index’ which gathered information on their housing and health history.  This will be used to identify their needs and to be prioritised for referral to specialist services. 

    “This survey will collect information which will provide a clearer picture of the challenges facing our city’s most vulnerable people,” Mrs McSweeney said. 

    “The answers from those sleeping rough on our streets gathered throughout this week will provide valuable insights into the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness.”

    The survey, conducted from August 13 to 17, was run by Ruah Community Services with the State Government through the Department for Child Protection contributing $10,000 towards the co-ordination.

    The Minister joined community sector and government agencies staff and volunteers at 3.30am on Wednesday to walk Perth streets and conducted a survey with some of Perth’s homeless people.

    “Homelessness is a serious community issue and Registry Week provides an opportunity for us to understand the challenges facing people who are experiencing homeless and to help support services, particularly in the areas of health and housing, plan for the future,” she said.

    “Through investment in initiatives such as this, we are striving to generate community understanding on this issue and to ensure resources are targeted in the right areas to support the State’s homeless.”

    The Liberal-National Government has invested more than $68million over four years to reduce homelessness.  Matched with Federal Government funding it takes the total to $135million which is the biggest investment towards homelessness in this State.

          Fact File

    • Perth Registry Week co-ordinated by Ruah Community Services with funding from the Dept for Child Protection; Dept of Housing; and cities of Perth and Vincent
    • Organisations involved include WA Police; Nyoongar Patrol; Department of Health; Mobile GP; Salvation Army; Hills Community Support Group; and St Bartholomew’s
    • More than 60 volunteers recruited from homeless service providers and government agencies to conduct surveys
    • For more information on Perth Registry Week, visit: http://www.ruah.com.au/news/15

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