New men’s homeless shelter to be located on Beaufort Street, Perth
Shelter named after long-term St Vincent de Paul Society’s volunteer
Work is set to start on a new Beaufort Street homeless shelter, which will provide nightly safe accommodation for up to 10 men.
Revealing the location of the new shelter, Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said Tom Fisher House would provide secure crisis accommodation to people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets.
“This facility will provide a safe place to sleep for some of the city’s most vulnerable men,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“The Liberal-National Government is committed to tackling homelessness and that is why we have invested an unprecedented amount, more than any other Government, into addressing this social problem.
“Investment in important social infrastructure, such as Tom Fisher House, provides a safe environment for people to work through some of their challenges and move towards breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
The State Government has committed $4million towards purchasing the Beaufort Street land and capital works to build the shelter, with an additional $1.4million over three years going towards operational costs.
Works on the site are expected to start next year and the shelter is expected to be operational in 2014.
Tom Fisher House is a partnership between the Government and St Vincent de Paul Society.
“This is the latest in a range of projects to come online during the next year, which will see 174 new crisis and transitional beds for homeless people, as well as an additional 54 long-term accommodation places become available,” Mrs McSweeney said.
Housing Minister Terry Redman welcomed the new shelter and said $45.8million a year was provided through the joint Commonwealth/State National Affordable Housing Agreement for accommodation and support services for people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
“In addition, the Liberal-National Government has invested more than $68million across four years to reduce homelessness,” Mr Redman said.
“Matched with Federal Government funding, it takes the total to $135million which is a huge investment towards reducing and breaking the cycle of homelessness in this State.”
Tom Fisher House is named to acknowledge the significant contributions Tom Fisher has made to the St Vincent de Paul Society since 1960. Mr Fisher has held the positions of regional president, vice president and State president in Western Australia. He served on the society’s National Council for five years and played an integral role in opening one of the society’s first men’s shelters.
$135million has been allocated over four years towards homelessness services
This year, the State Govt has funded 81 specialist homelessness services
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