Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Grant gives vital boost to crisis accommodation

    22/07/2015 10:40 AM
     
    • $500,000 grant for an eight-bedroom crisis accommodation unit
    • Short-term accommodation for those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, in crisis or who need support to transition to independent living

    The State Government has approved a $500,000 grant for an eight-bedroom crisis accommodation project in the Geraldton locality of Karloo.

     

    The Department of Housing will fund community housing provider Sun City Christian Centre Inc (SCCC) to build the short-stay facility under its crisis accommodation program.

     

    Housing Minister Colin Holt said the project would help address an urgent need for more short-stay crisis accommodation in the Geraldton region.

     

    "This type of service is clearly needed in the area, with reports of more than 85 people a night on average turned away from existing crisis accommodation," Mr Holt said.

     

    "This facility could be the difference between spending a night on the street and having a safe and warm place to sleep for vulnerable people."

     

    The Minister said access to emergency temporary accommodation was a key part of the crisis accommodation program's mission.

     

    "This program provides capital funding to local government authorities, not-for-profit, non-government and community housing organisations to build or buy crisis housing such as women's refuges, night shelters and emergency youth accommodation," he said.

     

    "I met with representatives of SCCC in Geraldton earlier this month and was impressed with their dedication to improving the lives of those in need.  From the State Government's perspective, the measure of the project's success will be achieving better social outcomes for the Geraldton area." 

     

    SCCC will be responsible for purchasing and overseeing all aspects of project construction as well as delivering tenancy management and support services.

     

    "These temporary crisis accommodation services are a starting point for connecting people with the necessary resources and support to help them to break the homelessness cycle and access more permanent housing," Mr Holt said.

     

    Work on the project is expected to begin this financial year.

     

    Fact File

    • SCCC will charge affordable rents based on a household's net income, also taking into account household composition, barriers to housing and medical needs
    • Free nights of rent will be considered depending on circumstances
    • Emergency relief funding or volunteer hours to contribute to rental costs will be an option for those unable to immediately afford rent

    Minister's office - 6552 6100