19/05/2021 - 14:31

St Pat’s to lead homelessness services in Perth’s south

19/05/2021 - 14:31

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St Patrick's Community Support Centre will receive $2.4 million to deliver accommodation and services to people experiencing homelessness in Mandurah and Rockingham.

St Pat’s to lead homelessness services in Perth’s south
Michael Piu said it was important for the community sector to work together on homelessness. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

St Patrick's Community Support Centre will receive $2.4 million to deliver accommodation and services to people experiencing homelessness in Mandurah and Rockingham.

For the next five years, a consortium led by St Pat’s will will deliver place-based, culturally safe services to help vulnerable rough sleepers move into long-term accommodation.

Members of the consortium include Ruah Community Services and Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.

St Pat’s chief executive Michael Piu said it was more important than ever for the community sector to work together, given the pressures of COVID-19 and a stressed rental market.

Mr Piu said recent data collection in the Rockingham and Mandurah areas had provided a baseline understanding of the people experiencing homelessness.

“Through that process we identified 61 people in Mandurah and 30 people in Rockingham, and we’ll be bringing together various support services to wraparound those individuals and help them achieve a better quality of life,” Mr Piu said.

The funding is part of the state government’s $34.5 million Housing First Homelessness Initiative.

The model involves prioritising getting vulnerable people into housing first and then connecting them to specialist, personalised support services, with the aim of addressing the individual needs of rough sleepers to manage the underlying and contributing causes to their homelessness.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said the initiative delivered tailored supports to help people in need build confidence and capacity to maintain a place to live.

“This consortium of experienced service providers is well-positioned to help people sleeping rough in Mandurah and Rockingham to get their lives back on track,” he said.

Other organisations have also received funding under the initiative in recent months.

In February, the state government announced Ruah Community Services, in partnership with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and St Pat’s, had been awarded $6.9 million to provide accommodation and wraparound supports to people in the Perth metropolitan area.

Anglicare received $2.5 million to develop and deliver support serves in Bunbury, in partnership with Doors Wide Open and Breakaway Inc.

A total of $6.8 million was awarded to Noongar Mia Mia, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation to provide culturall appropriate outreach, case management and after-hours support to people in Perth.

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