Home­less help on line

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Sal­va­tion Army has ex­tended its public in­for­ma­tion phone line to in­clude the Town of Vic­to­ria Park, to tackle the is­sue of home­less­ness in the area.

The City Home­less Re­sponse phone line pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to busi­nesses, lo­cal gov­ern­ments and the public about how they can as­sist in­di­vid­u­als who are home­less.

The public is en­cour­aged to call 0429 511 833 if they see a home­less per­son need­ing as­sis­tance.

Gemma Hilditch, co-or­di­na­tor of City Home­less Re­sponse – which is run by The Sal­va­tion Army – said the idea of ex­tend­ing the phone line into the Town of Vic­to­ria Park af­ter it was launched in the City of Perth and City of Vin­cent last year was be­cause of its prox­im­ity to the city. On the line: Gemma Hilditch, Trevor Vaughan, Door­ways Perth man­ager Ben Hol­lis and Sean Gar­dyney, from Unit­ingCare West.

“We know there is a de­mand for a ser­vice like this in Vic­to­ria Park. We have had calls from the area from peo­ple want­ing in­for­ma­tion about how to as­sist some­one who is home­less,” she said.

“The Sal­va­tion Army is work­ing with a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions, both gov­ern­ment and not-for-profit, to de­liver the best re­sponse to call­ers that we can.” d464579

Town of Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the phone line was a great ini­tia­tive.

“The Town of Vic­to­ria Park is ea­ger to sup­port any pro­grams that will as­sist the home­less pop­u­la­tion of Perth.

“We are con­cerned about the in­crease of peo­ple liv­ing rough in the area. In my opin­ion, this can only pro­vide a pos­i­tive out­come.”

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