Fremantle: Sisters’ Place offers longer stays to address demand


St Patrick's CEO Steve
McDermott and manager Helen Cattalini.
Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d472874
St Patrick's CEO Steve McDermott and manager Helen Cattalini. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472874

THE Sisters’ Place has gone from overnight crisis accommodation to medium-term lodging in a bid to address growing demand.

The St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s service, which is run largely through volunteers, first opened in 2010 to tackle the growing number of women living on Fremantle’s streets.

However, chief executive Steve McDermott said it was now needed to reduce demand among those looking for medium term lodging.

“Our research is telling us that the need for emergency overnight accommodation has actually decreased, whereas there is a pressing need for medium-term options, particularly for women,” he said.

Helen Cattalini, who was one of those who got the Sisters’ Place off the ground, said she was pleased there would now be people on board working with women to help them find longer-term accommodation.

“It’s timely that St Pat’s is opting to dedicate the house to medium-term accommodation for women, a service that is in seriously short supply in the greater Perth area,” she said.

While the Sisters’ Place will now offer up to 12 months of lodging for women who need it, emergency overnight accommodation will continue to be available through St Patrick’s Queen Victoria Street centre.

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