Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Local community to band together for the homeless

    17/06/2017 6:00 AM
    • ​Help the Homeless annual art auction kicks off today
    • Hosted by Soroptimist International of Fremantle

    Artworks from a selection of award-winning local and international artists will be auctioned off today to help women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Fremantle.


    Soroptimist International of Fremantle will host the annual Help the Homeless Art Auction where proceeds will be used by homelessness services, The Sisters' Place, the Fremantle Street Doctor and the Fremantle Multicultural Centre.


    In 2016-17, the State Government is providing about $5.57 million to community services to deliver homelessness accommodation and support services in the Fremantle area.


    Individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness should contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or Crisis Care after hours on 9223 1111.


    Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:


    "We know that the majority of clients accessing homelessness services in Western Australia are women and, in response, more specialist services are now providing crisis and transitional support for women.


    "Homelessness is a serious community issue, which is often caused by complex and interrelated personal, social and economic factors like family and domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse.


    "These personal issues can only be addressed if we all work together, and I applaud the Soroptimists' annual art auction for continuing to contribute to this very worthy cause.


    "The real cost of homelessness is seen across the criminal justice system, welfare agencies, mental health services, schools and hospitals.


    "From July 1, the amalgamation of child protection with housing, communities, disability services and aspects of youth justice will also offer a rare opportunity to provide a more connected, collaborative and thoughtful response to homelessness."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600