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

    St Pat's Rack pops up in Fremantle

    18/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Fremantle charity receives $339,578 for homelessness services
    • Charity ‘pop-up shop’ opens in Fremantle
    A Fremantle homelessness service would be able to help more people next year, thanks to a Lotterywest grant presented today by Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney.
     
    Mrs McSweeney presented St Patrick’s Community Support Centre chief executive Steve McDermott with a cheque for $339,578 which will be used towards the fit out of a new support centre, new vehicles and overall improvement to the organisation’s services for those experiencing homelessness in the Fremantle area.
     
    “St Patrick’s does wonderful work and is one of the State’s leading charities,” she said.
     
    “It provides support 365 days a year to people in need, making a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our community.
     
    “This funding will increase St Patrick’s capacity to provide more services and help more people break out of the cycle of homelessness.”
     
    The Minister also opened a new vintage store called ‘St Pat’s Rack’ on Adelaide Terrace, Fremantle which will sell vintage clothing accessories and eclectic pieces.
     
    All proceeds from the shop will go towards funding programs to support homeless people at St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.
     
    “Homelessness is a serious and complex community issue, often caused by a range of factors like the breakdown of relationships, domestic and family violence, financial difficulties, eviction, substance abuse, mental illness, or a lack of affordable housing,” the Minister said.
     
    “The Liberal-National Government is committed to supporting people to breakout of the cycle of homelessness and has invested $68million, since 2009, to deliver new homelessness programs.”
     
    This financial year the State Government, through the Department for Child Protection, has funded St Patrick’s with more than $1.7million to deliver its services. These funds go towards accommodation services, youth accommodation and the Street-to-Home program.
     
    St Patrick’s Community Support Centre has been helping the community for 40 years.
     
          Fact File
    • Under Liberal-National Government unprecedented $604m allocated to support not-for-profit sector in providing quality services to WA community
    • This year $45.8m will be provided for accommodation and support services for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness
    • Funding through joint Commonwealth/State National Affordable Housing Agreement
    Minister's office - 6552 6900