Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    New facility in South Hedland for homeless youth

    9/10/2015 2:00 PM
    • New units in South Hedland to accommodate homeless youth
    • Youth Involvement Council to deliver support services from the new facility

    South Hedland's homeless youth will benefit from two new purpose-built housing units officially opened today by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton.


    Opening the units, Mrs Morton said the State Government's $3 million contribution to the construction of crisis accommodation in South Hedland and the provision of further funding for its operation demonstrated a commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable West Australians.


    The new self-contained onsite units will provide transitional accommodation for young people aged 18 to 25.


    The facility already provides 24 hours a day, seven-day-a-week crisis accommodation for up to eight young people, aged 15 to 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


    The accommodation is managed by the Youth Involvement Council's Youth Accommodation Program.


    "The construction of the facility was a collaborative partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, the Housing Authority, Lotterywest and the Youth Involvement Council," the Minister said.


    "The council also delivers accommodation and support services from the facility to help young people address the issues that caused their homelessness."


    The council's Lawson Street site is also currently being redeveloped to become the Youth Involvement Council's headquarters and is due for completion in April 2016.


    Fact File

    • The new facility is located at 9 Corbet Place, South Hedland
    • About 70% of young people accessing the Youth Accommodation Program are Aboriginal
    • If you are homeless or know of a young person who is homeless or are at risk of homelessness, contact the Youth Accommodation Program on 9140 1668

    Minister's office - 6552 6900