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.