ROUGH COUNT

Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean - - FRONT PAGE -

Vol­un­teers are needed to help count the num­ber of peo­ple sleep­ing rough in the City of Bayswa­ter

VOL­UN­TEERS will be head­ing out to the streets in the early hours of the morn­ing to take part in the City of Bayswa­ter’s in­au­gu­ral Rough Sleeper Count.

The City is seek­ing vol­un­teers who are pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness to join the count event on March 17 from 1am to 3am.

The vol­un­teers will use an app de­vel­oped by the City to record the lo­ca­tions of peo­ple sleep­ing rough.

Data col­lected will be shared with or­gan­i­sa­tions and sup­port ser­vices and help the City form a lo­cal home­less­ness strategy.

Mayor Dan Bull en­cour­aged any­one who “gen­uinely cared” for peo­ple do­ing it tough to get in­volved.

“Peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence home­less­ness for many rea­sons – in­clud­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, ill-health, long-term un­em­ploy­ment and men­tal health is­sues,” he said.

“The City of Bayswa­ter is com­mit­ted to ad­vo­cat­ing for those who don’t have a voice on this is­sue.

“All vol­un­teers will at­tend a brief­ing ses­sion, teach­ing them how to col­lect data with­out dis­turb­ing peo­ple who are sleep­ing.”

Bayswa­ter-based Perth Home­less Sup­port Group Inc vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor and de­pot man­ager Jed Fay said about six vol­un­teers had signed up so far.

Ms Fay said the main is­sues that lo­cal home­less peo­ple faced in­cluded men­tal health chal­lenges, drug abuse, safety of women and hav­ing no overnight shel­ter.

“Women are of­ten get­ting raped on the streets,” she said.

“A lot of our home­less peo­ple don’t ac­tu­ally get money be­cause they don’t have a per­ma­nent ID or a per­ma­nent ad­dress, so they aren’t on pay­ments.

“They can’t af­ford things like back­pack­ers, or overnight shel­ters.”

For de­tails, visit the City’s web­site.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d498096

Perth Home­less Sup­port Group vice-pres­i­dent Aaron McGre­gor, Bayswa­ter Mayor Dan Bull and Perth Home­less Sup­port Group vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor and de­pot man­ager Jed Fay have an app on their phones which will be used to col­lect data about the num­ber of peo­ple sleep­ing rough.

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