The State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working in partnership with community service providers to provide new and sustainable initiatives to help homeless West Australians.
Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said while the Government's initiatives to respond to homelessness had already made a big impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals and families, efforts needed to be stepped up.
"The Homelessness Strategy Paper outlines the direction the Government will be taking in partnership with community service providers to further build and strengthen the current initiatives," Ms Mitchell said.
"Homelessness is a result of complex and interrelated issues in a person's life such as family breakdown, mental illness and family and domestic violence, and these personal issues can only be addressed if we all work together."
The Minister said the strategy paper was the first step in developing a new State plan to deliver an integrated and flexible service system to better meet the needs of homeless people.
"To achieve this, the Government, in consultation with community service providers, will conduct an 18-month review of all homelessness programs and services," she said.
"This includes identifying what is currently working well, and investigating new and sustainable ways that will help break the homelessness cycle."
The Homelessness Strategy Paper was developed in consultation with the Western Australian Council on Homelessness and is available at http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au
In 2015-16, through State and Australian Government funding arrangements, about $81 million will be allocated to community service organisations to deliver homelessness accommodation and support services
In 2014-15, 62% of clients who received support from homelessness services were female, 18% were aged under 10 years of age, 28% were aged under 18 years and 40% were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
For crisis accommodation in the metropolitan area, contact Entrypoint Perth 1800 124 684, or the Crisis Care unit on 1800 199 008
People from regional areas can contact their local Department for Child Protection and Family Support office
Minister's office - 6552 5400