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

    National profile for WA homelessness initiatives

    13/12/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • December edition of Australia’s only magazine dedicated to homelessness in WA
    • More than 90 pages highlight WA initiatives to reduce homelessness
    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney today launched the December edition of Parity, Australia’s only national homelessness magazine.
     
    Parity, published 10 times a year by the Council to Homeless Persons, encourages public discussion on homelessness and examines this important issue from personal, local, social, national and global perspectives.
     
    The 90-page December edition is dedicated to examining homelessness in Western Australia and includes articles, case studies, personal stories as well as profiling the work undertaken locally to reduce homelessness.
     
    “Homelessness is a serious community issue often caused by complex factors like the breakdown of relationships, domestic and family violence, financial difficulties, eviction, substance abuse, mental illness, or a lack of affordable housing,” Mrs McSweeney said.
     
    “These issues and the support services in place for those experiencing homelessness can be better understood by sharing information, so I am pleased the latest edition of Parity profiles Western Australian homelessness,”
     
    In WA, $45.8million per annum is 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, since 2009 the Liberal-National Government has invested more than $68million across four years to develop and deliver new homelessness programs through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH),” the Minister said. 
     
    “This Government is committed to supporting people experiencing homelessness to breakout of the cycle and, this year alone, funded 81 specialist homelessness services across the State. The early evaluation on the impact this funding is having has been very positive. Clients coming into contact with WA’s homelessness services are reporting it has changed their lives.
     
    “Some exceptional work is being done to address homelessness throughout this State and I acknowledge everyone that is playing this important role, empowering people to break the cycle of homelessness and change their lives.”
     
    The Department for Child Protection has responsibility for homelessness programs in Western Australia and is the major financial contributor to the December/WA edition of Parity.
     
    To subscribe or to purchase a copy log on to: http://chp.org.au/services/parity-magazine/ 
     
          Fact File
    • Under Liberal-National Government additional $81million allocated to address homelessness, in partnership with not-for-profit agencies and church groups
    • Sponsors of December WA edition of Parity include Department for Child Protection; UnitingCare West; AnglicareWA; Ruah Community Services; ShelterWA; St Bartholomew’s House; and Mission Australia
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