Homelessness grants given
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.