More help for homeless in Vic Park

Published on 07 August 2019

Couple sleeping in car

The Town of Victoria Park and key local support groups have launched a new resource to assist people experiencing homelessness and hardship at a Homelessness Week event today.

Support for you and your family is a ready-reference guide that includes information on emergency accommodation, health, food, clothing, financial counselling, and tenancy assistance. The brochure features services within the Town and surrounding areas.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said there was a need for this resource within the region, and the Home, Safe Home: a couch conversation event during Homelessness Week provided a great opportunity to launch it.

“The Town and its partners identified that information for people who may find themselves homeless or experiencing hardship was often difficult to come across – this is a go-to guide with all the information in one place,” Mayor Vaughan said.

Helen Creed, Chair of the Victoria Park Youth Accommodation and one of the establishing members of the Supporting People with Basic Needs working group, said the brochure also benefits many of the support organisations within the Town.

“It provides readily accessible and accurate information about where people can go to get some assistance, as well as providing agencies with a resource that they can give out to those who are approaching them for assistance,” Ms Creed said.

Mayor Vaughan said the collaborative approach to producing this resource was important to address homelessness within the Town.

“We have so many wonderful organisations and community groups available to help people who are having a tough time, and this is an opportunity where we can work with the community to achieve something meaningful,” Mayor Vaughan said.

Support for you and your family can be collected at Town facilities, Connect Victoria Park, Kensington PCYC, Sussex Street Community Law Services, and Victoria Park Community Centre. It is also available on the Town’s website(PDF, 312KB).

The Home, Safe Home: a couch conversation event featured the personal stories of people who have experienced homelessness, and provided an opportunity to learn about the initiatives taking place in the local community.