Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas joined Mike to explain how the City of Perth is helping tackle homelessness.
Homelessness continues to be a high priority for the City of Perth. They have established the ‘Safe Night Space’ in East Perth which can provide shelter for up to 30 women, who are the most vulnerable in our community. In the first 12 months over 1000 women have accessed the facility. “You are never delighted on a daily basis to hear how many women have had to use the shelter. But I am delighted that the City of Perth has been able to step up and provide for women.”
With Perth’s rental crisis and an increased cost of living there has been a rise in homelessness in the CBD. But a huge effort is being put into making more public housing available to those who need it. “Although there has been an increase in homelessness I do feel the community resources are fully focused on the issue. I think we are seeing a plateau and I hope the next trend in numbers is down.”
This July we are partnering with One Voice, Saint Pat’s and Uniting WA, to collect and distribute items to those sleeping rough across our city. “Life on the streets is not pleasant. These small items that often are not that significant, like a pair of pyjamas or blankets. The household can do without them but these people greatly appreciate them. On behalf of everybody who is assisted by the generosity of your listeners, thank you, it really does make a difference.“
If you would like to get involved in Heart for the Homeless, check out a list of drop off points and collection items here. Be sure to drop off your items by COB tomorrow, Friday 29th July!