Community united to help the homeless

Vice president of the Northam Chamber of Commerce John Proud at the briefing.
Vice president of the Northam Chamber of Commerce John Proud at the briefing.

The main issues discussed during the Finding my Place: A Discussion on Homelessness forum centred around rising home rental costs and the continuity of services and funding and how these affect homelessness in the area.

Run by the Notre Dame Students for Social Justice, the night had a panel comprising of members from St Patricks Community Support Centre, Curtin University, Fremantle Police and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

The panellists agreed that increasing affordable housing and providing better funding for mental health and welfare agencies was a good place to start when prioritising ways to lower the number of homeless people in Fremantle.

NDSSJ president Caroline Lansdell said students were passionate about doing something about homelessness, which is how the forum came about.

‘It was our aim for the discussion to look at some of the issues that WA and in particular Fremantle, face rather than focussing on the bigger Australia wide issue of homelessness,’ she said.

‘This WA perspective helps the community understand the challenges for those experiencing homelessness and hopefully develops a better understanding of how to tackle it.’