Home­less­ness grants given

Guardian Express - - CITY OF PERTH -

SHEL­TER WA will be able to raise more aware­ness about home­less­ness and up­grade its web­site after re­ceiv­ing two grants from Lot­tery­west. Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Si­mone McGurk pre­sented the grants to Shel­ter WA board mem­ber Neil Guard and chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Macken­zie this month. Fund­ing will sup­port a events dur­ing Home­less­ness Week from Au­gust 6 to 12 and an IT project to en­sure so­cial and digital com­mu­ni­ca­tion has more im­pact. Mr Guard said the Home­less­ness Week events in­cluded ‘couch con­ver­sa­tions’ with peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced home­less­ness and a fo­rum on how land­lords could help pre­vent home­less­ness. He said sev­eral Home­less­ness Week events grants had been awarded to sup­port com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives to am­plify the voices of peo­ple with lived ex­pe­ri­ence into the con­ver­sa­tion. Mr Guard said the IT project fund­ing would help to drive more sys­tem­atic, strate­gic en­gage­ment and ad­vo­cacy, bet­ter en­gage with stake­hold­ers and mem­bers. “Shin­ing a light on end­ing home­less­ness is of course crit­i­cal,” Ms Macken­zie said.

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