Home­less help

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment will spend $35m over three years to de­velop two ‘Com­mon Ground’ fa­cil­i­ties to house peo­ple sleep­ing rough or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing chronic home­less­ness.

It brings to­gether peo­ple on low in­comes and at risk of home­less­ness in a com­plex that in­cludes self-con­tained apart­ments, com­mu­nal ar­eas and of­fice spa­ces.

The De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties and City of Perth have be­gun ini­tial ne­go­ti­a­tions to de­ter­mine the best lo­ca­tion for the first fa­cil­ity in the cen­tral Perth area.

In ad­di­tion, $34.5m has been set aside over five years for a Hous­ing First Home­less­ness Ini­tia­tive at new lo­ca­tions across WA.

The strat­egy, de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity ser­vices sec­tor, is the re­sult of 18 months of re­search and con­sul­ta­tions.

The new fund­ing is on top of more than $90m the State Govern­ment al­ready spends on spe­cial­ist home­less­ness ser­vices a year.

“Safe and sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion is fun­da­men­tal to the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple,” Premier Mark Mcgowan said.

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