- Community Services Minister Simone McGurk presents $252,532 Lotterywest grant to Shelter WA
Shelter WA, a community services peak body that promotes affordable housing and eliminating homelessness, has today received a $252,532 Lotterywest grant.
Funding of $182,032 will be used to help upgrade Shelter WA's information technology (IT) systems including its website – better supporting its membership.
Funding of $70,500 will help support Shelter WA's coordination of Homelessness Week activities across Western Australia, which they have led since 2015.
The Government's Department of Communities also provides funding to support Shelter WA with Homelessness Week, as well as annual funding to support policy development, stakeholder engagement and sector support.
This year, Homelessness Week will run from August 6-12, 2018 with the theme:
There's always something you can do.
Comments attributed to the Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:
"Homelessness is an issue that is largely invisible to the wider community. However, it is a sad but compelling fact that thousands of people may be homeless in WA at any one time.
"The McGowan Government recognises that most people who are homeless also deal with other complex issues that may include: family and domestic violence and family breakdown; unemployment and financial stress; disability, physical and/or mental illness; addictive behaviours and contact with the justice system.
"In the past there has been a tendency to address those issues in isolation but the McGowan Government is focused on delivering services that are more integrated and person-centred.
Minister's office: 6552 6600