Connecting the dots: Homelessness in Stirling

The City’s Homelessness Plan is due for renewal and we would appreciate all feedback to ensure we have a collaborative approach to people experiencing homelessness in Stirling. Closing date: 17 September 2022 Follow project

The City’s first Homelessness Strategy was developed in 2020 and modelled around the State Government’s 10 Year Strategy: All Paths Lead to Home. The role of local government outlined in the State’s Strategy entails:

  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Engagement, information and support
  • Capacity building for the sector and community.

Useful documents

Document nameDownloadable files
Homelessness Strategy 2020 - 2022(PDF)

FAQs

How will my submission be used?

Your feedback will help us ensure our plan for Homelessness is aligned with community and service provider aspirations and needs. 

Is my feedback confidential?

Yes - all responses are de-identified during the reporting stages.

Why can’t City of Stirling move people experiencing homelessness out of my park?

Being homeless is not a crime. Our priority is to link people to appropriate services.

If you witness illegal activity, please contact the Police 131 444 or 000 in an emergency.

Why do people become homeless?

There is no single cause of homelessness. Most Australians are only two pay checks from homelessness. Some factors that contribute include:

  • Family and domestic violence
  • Mental and physical health challenges
  • Financial pressures
  • Lack of appropriate and affordable housing
  • Systemic failures.

I’ve seen someone experiencing homelessness, what can I do?

Contact our Community Safety Team on 1300 365 356 so we can link the individual experiencing homelessness with appropriate services.

What support is out there for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness?

Some resources include:

  • WA Connect - search for food, accommodation, emergency relief, financial counselling etc. near you. (Free call 9.30am- 5pm Monday- Friday 1800 979 777)
  • Entrypoint - crisis accommodation. Able to scan most service provides for available beds. (Free call 9.00am-7.00pm Monday – Friday. Saturdays 9.00 – 5pm ph: 1800 124 684)
  • Crisiscare - for domestic violence and/or if children are involved. (Free call 24/7 ph: 13 11 14 or 1800 199 008) 
  • Telstra payphones are now free
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at all Libraries and many fast food establishments.
  • My Services – mental health advice and support
  • Health Direct- health advice including COVID-19 . (Free call 24/7 1800 022 222).

Why is City of Stirling getting involved? Homelessness is a State Government issue

Homelessness is an issue that affects people in our community and everyone has a role to play. The City’s role is defined in the State Government’s 10 year Homelessness Strategy: All Paths Lead to Home.

Our role involves: 

  • Prevention and early intervention - recognise and address the main triggers that lead to homelessness and increase protective factors for individuals, their families and the community
  • Engagement, information and support - people experiencing homelessness are able to access information, networks and services that meet their needs, improve their wellbeing and raise awareness about homelessness
  • Build capacity - service providers, partners and organisations work collaboratively and are well equipped to support people experiencing homelessness.

How can I find out what the City is currently doing?

You can phone our Community Development Officers (details below) or visit https://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/services-and-support/community-support/homelessness-and-crisis-support.

Timeline

Open for community consultation

11 July 2022

Closed for community consultation

August 2022

Officers review findings and draft strategy

September 2022

Strategy presented to Council for endorsement

October 2022
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For more information, or to receive this information in an alternate format, please contact the Community Development Officers Team on  (08) 9205 8981 or (08) 9205 8409 or email community@stirling.wa.gov.au.

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