Join lead­ers for a couch con­ver­sa­tion on home­less­ness

Midland Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

A COUCH con­ver­sa­tion event will be held in Midland to dis­cuss the is­sues of home­less­ness as part of a series of Home­less­ness Week events tak­ing place this week.

Indigo Junc­tion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Adele Ste­wart said on any given night in WA, more than 9500 peo­ple were recorded as home­less and, alarm­ingly, 25 per cent were un­der the age of 18.

Ms Ste­wart said grow­ing un­em­ploy­ment, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, fam­ily break­down and hous­ing stress were ma­jor causes, prov­ing that home­less­ness could hap­pen to any­one at any time.

“The couch con­ver­sa­tion will be held on Au­gust 9 at the Old Midland Court­house and is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers, coun­sel­lors and or­gan­i­sa­tions from the sec­tor to dis­cuss the is­sues of home­less­ness and how ser­vices like Kar­nany Re­source Cen­tre make a vi­tal dif­fer­ence to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ms Ste­wart said the event would also in­tro­duce the Midland and Sur­rounds Al­liance to End Home­less­ness, an ex­ten­sion of the WA Al­liance to End Home­less­ness which has launched a 10-year ac­tion plan to end home­less­ness in WA.

“The Midland and Sur­rounds Al­liance to End Home­less­ness makes a real dif­fer­ence for home­less­ness in the area and we are pleased to be a part­ner in these ef­forts,” she said.

The new Al­liance com­prises CEOs, ex­ec­u­tives and com­mu­nity lead­ers from the City of Swan, Indigo Junc­tion, Midland Women’s Health Care Place and Wun­gen­ing Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.

The event is spon­sored by Shel­ter WA, whose theme for Home­less­ness Week is ‘There is al­ways some­thing you can do’.

A com­mu­nity bar­be­cue will be held on Fri­day, Au­gust 10, from 11am to 1pm at Ju­niper Gar­dens in Midland for peo­ple at risk of, or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, home­less­ness.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Indigo Junc­tion Strong Fa­thers worker Jon Blur­ton and pro­gram man­ager Sharon Gough.

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