WA Senator Sue Lines participated in the First Nations Homelessness Project busy bee in Beckenham earlier this month.
The First Nations Homelessness Project works to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at risk of eviction and/or child removal.
Senator Lines helped the organisation clean the house of a single mother and her four children to help her avoid eviction.
It was the first of at least two consecutive Saturdays the foundation will spend cleaning the home, as the Department of Housing agreed to give the family a month to get the property ready for inspection.
Senator Lines said the previous State Government had not properly dealt with the issue of homelessness.
“The issue of homelessness and housing affordability has been neglected by the State Government over the past eight years and I am looking forward to seeing what the McGowan Government will achieve in this area,” she said.
“While it is inspiring that so many volunteers are willing to mobilise to ensure that families aren’t displaced by our state’s three strikes eviction policy, it is a pity that we have to.
“Adequate shelter is a human right and I am ashamed of a policy that would put a family out onto the streets without a second thought or consideration for their cultural, economic and social circumstances.”