Care comes to Cannington

Based at 6 Cecil Avenue, the centre will house two programs: the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) and Reconnect program.

The SRSS is a Federal Government initiative aimed at providing support services for asylum seekers.

The Reconnect program is a Federally funded initiative offering community-based early intervention services for 12 to 18 year olds and their families, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall said the program helped young people stabilise their living situation and improve engagement with family, work, education, training and the community.

�We believe people seeking asylum are some of the most disadvantaged people in Australia; many asylum seekers are struggling to survive while preserving their dignity, physical and mental health,� he said.

�Many asylum seekers have settled in Perth�s south-east metropolitan region, so by expanding our services to Cannington, MercyCare will be better able to address the very real needs of these people in the local community.�