Young people in the Peel region who are homeless or spend a lot of time on the streets will receive support thanks to an $88,668 grant from the State Government's Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the funding would enable St Vincent de Paul Society, who run the Passages Resource Centre in Mandurah, to employ a mobile youth worker to help young people and connect them with useful support services.
"The new youth worker will engage with people aged between 12 and 25 who are either homeless or spend a lot of time on the streets to address and prevent at-risk behaviours through an individual case-management approach," Mr Mischin said.
"These mobile referral workers are able to support and mentor young people in not only finding the best support to meet their needs, but also to transport or accompany them to other agencies so they can take up any opportunities presented to them."
The Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program is funded by money and property seized under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000. The primary intention of the Act is to deprive people of wealth that has been unlawfully acquired.
More than $2 million seized from criminals will be returned to the Western Australian community in the program's latest round, which is administered by the Department of the Attorney General.
Eligible applicants can apply for grants of up to $200,000 to fund projects which prevent or reduce drug-related crime and drug abuse, support victims of crime or to aid law enforcement.
Funding is only released to the applicants once they have met certain pre-conditions including contributing in-kind support to the project they are going to run.
Attorney General's office - 6552 5600