Town takes action on homelessness

Published on 19 June 2020

Couple sleeping in car

The Town of Victoria Park has committed to playing an active role in ending homelessness within the region. A new policy was adopted at the June Council meeting, and an implementation plan will now be put into practice over the next three years.

Working with the Supporting People with Basic Needs group, the Town began a review of their homelessness policy in mid-2019. This included discussions with local service providers and extensive community engagement, with more than 300 community members providing feedback.

By adopting this new policy, the Town has committed to several principles focusing on compassion and working alongside the community as a whole to end homelessness.

Mayor Karen Vernon said this change reflected the community’s desire for a caring and respectful approach to responding to homelessness within the Town, and will ensure we make practical changes to help some of the most vulnerable people in Vic Park.

The implementation plan sets definite actions to be achieved across the next three years. The community can expect easy access to information on local services, partnerships with community organisations to support rough sleepers, and additional events and activities to raise awareness of homelessness within the area.

The Town has also committed to advocating to local, State and Federal governments to secure greater investment and support.

For more information and to read the implementation plan, visit victoriapark.wa.gov.au/homelessness

 

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