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

    $4 million funding boost for homeless and youth services

    24/10/2017 3:00 PM
    • ​$3.75 million service agreement awarded to Perth homeless shelter
    • $250,000 for Peel drop-in centre for young people

    St Vincent de Paul Society Western Australia has received a timely funding boost of $4 million for two of its services from the McGowan Labor Government.


    Tom Fisher House, an acute homeless night shelter in Highgate, has been awarded a five-year service agreement worth more than $750,000 per annum. The funding will enable the service to provide safe and supported overnight accommodation for up to 12 people a night who would otherwise be sleeping rough on the street.


    Additionally, a grant of $250,000 is being provided to the Society to assist with the operating costs of their Passages Resource Centre in Mandurah. This service provides drop-in and referral services to young people aged between 12 and 25.


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


    "These funding announcements highlight the McGowan Government's commitment to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for those in need.


    "Tom Fisher House not only provides crisis accommodation and services to those who would be otherwise sleeping rough on the street, it provides dignity and hope to those who need it the most.


    "By providing marginalised young people with basic support and assistance through the Passages Resource Centre, we have the capacity to change the trajectory of their lives.


    "Services such as these are critical in making sure our young people don't fall through the cracks."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600