Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    New project to tackle homelessness in city

    2/09/2015 9:30 AM
    • Community organisation to help permanently house the homeless
    • 50 Lives 50 Homes Project to benefit Perth city's homeless

    A new innovative project called 50 Lives 50 Homes which aims to tackle homelessness in inner city Perth was launched today by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton.


    Mrs Morton said the project was a collaboration between State and local governments, and community service providers.


    "50 Lives 50 Homes, led by Ruah Community Services, aims to permanently keep Perth people off the streets and provide them with long-term sustainable housing options," she said.


    Homelessness is a complex issue which is caused by a combination of factors such as substance abuse, mental illness, family and domestic violence, a lack of affordable housing and employable job skills.


    "To help address homelessness in Western Australia, strong and committed partnerships have been developed between the State Government and the community services sector to deliver critical homelessness services," the Minister said.


    The 50 Lives 50 Homes project builds on the work achieved since Perth Registry Week events in 2012 and 2014.


    It provides a model for organisations, outreach workers, volunteers and communities to work together to identify and register people at risk, prioritise those most vulnerable and match them to appropriate community services and housing options.


    "The project demonstrates the commitment of homelessness services to respond in new and sustainable ways to give homeless people the opportunity to move beyond the immediate crisis and into long-term sustainable housing," Mrs Morton said.


    Fact File

    • For crisis accommodation, contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care unit after-hours on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country free call)
    • In 2013-14 more than 21,000 West Australians across the State who were homeless or at risk of homelessness accessed specialist services
    • Last financial year, about $75 million was allocated to accommodation and support services for the homeless
    • For more information, visit http://www.ruah.com.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6900