Swags do­nated HOME­LESS­NESS IN WA

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A TIMELY do­na­tion of swags has been made to the St Pa­trick’s Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre.

The do­na­tion was made by the Jan­dakot Lakes Lions Club, which also helps to sort clothes at the Fre­man­tle-based ser­vice’s St Pat’s Rack op shop and helps to fit clients with sec­ond-hand cloth­ing.

The swags will go to the home­less. St Pat’s hous­ing and sup­port ser­vices di­rec­tor Vic­tor Cre­vatin said it was a timely of­fer.

“We have many clients who are liv­ing on the street,” he said.

“Our work­ers work very hard to es­tab­lish trust with these clients but this can be a long road, es­pe­cially if clients are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal ill­ness or if they have se­ri­ous trust is­sues be­cause of past trauma.

“Swags can be very use­ful as Close to 9600 peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness. Age: Over 75 (2 per cent), 65-74 (5 per cent), 55-64 (9 per cent), 45-54 (11 per cent), 35-44 (14 per cent), 25-34 (19 per cent), 19-24 (14 per cent), 12-18 (10 per cent), Un­der 12 (16 per cent). Rea­sons for home­less­ness: Fi­nan­cial (28 per cent); ac­com­mo­da­tion is­sues (19 per cent); do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and re­la­tion­ship is­sues (34 per cent); health rea­sons (5 per cent); Other rea­sons (14 per cent).

they keep peo­ple pro­tected from the el­e­ments and of­fer a lit­tle more com­fort and se­cu­rity than sim­ply set­ting up camp in a door­way or on a park bench.”

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