State Government, community sector develop 10-year plan to address homelessness

HOMELESSNESS is at an all-time high of 9000 people in WA, with the State Government and community sector developing a 10-year strategy to fix the crisis.

Sam Knight, executive director of homelessness agency Ruah, said the whole-of-government cost for every homeless person in WA who sought services was $13,273 per person each year, according to a 2016 report by the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said while it was too early to say how much the 10-year strategy to help every homeless person in WA would cost, the community already paid a high price for failing to find a solution.

“In Government, we’re very poor at tracking the real cost of not addressing homelessness,” she said.

Ms McGurk said the 10-year plan would revolutionise the partnerships between government agencies, the community sector and people who have experienced homelessness.

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Source: Perth Now