Funding homelessness outreach at Weld Square

Published: Tuesday, 16 July 2019 at 3:50:03 PM

The City of Vincent has channeled their annual collaborative grants for maximum impact in the area of homelessness, with an outreach worker to be based at Weld Square five days a week.

“This new service will provide support for people at Weld Square who are experiencing homelessness, helping to link people to services, shelter and to make the critical transition to housing. Hush, the new Weld Square outreach worker, is a skilled member of the UnitingCare West team and his support will be targeted where we need it most,” said Mayor Cole.

UnitingCare West received an $85,000 grant from the City of Vincent to support an outreach worker. The 12 month project has funded an 0.8 FTE Assertive Outreach Worker working five days a week, providing support to Weld Square in Perth and the surrounding area.

“We wanted to make sure Vincent’s collaborative grants funding was channeled towards the greatest area of need in our community. And we have chosen to fund an organisation with the experience and skills to make a difference.”

“UnitingCare West is located very close to Weld Square, where they offer many services, and they have years of experience working in the field of homelessness,” said Mayor Cole.

Amanda Hunt, CEO of UnitingCare West was pleased to welcome the new appointment to her team.

“We support more than 200 people experiencing homelessness each day at our drop-in Tranby Centre. Having well-resourced and responsive outreach services are a vital element of the solution to our homelessness crisis.”

“Outreach means we have people on the ground talking to people sleeping rough, developing relationships and understanding their individual needs to assist them in their journey to safe and secure housing,” Ms Hunt said.

John Carey MLA is Chair of the City Homelessness Framework Committee and welcomes the new approach by the City of Vincent.

“I strongly welcome the City of Vincent signing up to a more coordinated, targeted plan to address homelessness. We need to better harness and consolidate the approximately 50 organisations working on homelessness in the city. The new funding commitment by the City of Vincent to a dedicated outreach officer for Weld Square reflects this new approach,” he said.

The City of Vincent’s funding for Weld Square supports the approach of the City Homelessness Framework Committee, which aims to address the critical issue of homelessness within the inner city.

Chaired jointly by John Carey MLA Member for Perth and Ms Gaye McMath Deputy Chair of Commissioners, City of Perth, the Committee City Homelessness Framework Committee wants to focus the efforts by the many organisations and individuals working in the field towards accredited and highly skilled providers working together to help end homelessness. The City of Vincent has been part of the Committee since its commencement.

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