Couched in positive terms
Couch conversations stimulate discussion.
LIFE has not always been easy for Malcolm Hill, who grew up on the streets of Fremantle.
Mr Hill participated in the St Patrick Community Support Centre’s Couch Conversation on Friday, allowing the public to hear stories from those who have been homeless.
Mr Hill said he was taken away from his parents when he was 10.
“I didn’t like living in homes so I ran away. I got streetwise pretty quick, which I hated as I had to grow up quick; you had no childhood,” he said.
“I met Deborah and we lived on the streets for four years at South Beach.”
After spending some time in temporary accommodation, they then lived in a car for 10 months before finding more permanent accommodation in Hamilton Hill.
Mr Hill said more awareness was needed on the issue of homelessness.
“Even the richest of people can fall into the same boat, you never know. More services are needed after hours: a street doctor or a peer support person at night,” he said.
Mr Hill said he wished more empty accommodation was available.
“It could be a place where you give a gold coin donation and there is a bed and a hot shower for a night and leave the next morning,” he said.
“They need more stuff like that; it keeps people off the street and safe.”
Christopher Bannon, Deborah Walley and Malcolm Hill.