Legal help for homeless

Michael Piu and Traci Cascioli from St Patrick’s Community Support Centre with Street Law Centre WA principal solicitor Ann-Margaret Walsh.
Michael Piu and Traci Cascioli from St Patrick’s Community Support Centre with Street Law Centre WA principal solicitor Ann-Margaret Walsh.

Lawyers will provide outreach services to homeless people at various organisations, including St Patrick’s.

Street Law principal solicitor Ann-Margaret Walsh said Fremantle had one of the highest concentrations of homeless people, so it was a logical step.

‘We operate our outreach legal clinics at various community centres around the Perth metropolitan area which already provide an array of other services to WA’s homeless community,’ she said.

‘By expanding the scope of our services to the Fremantle area, we hope to do our part to alleviate some of the root causes of homelessness in the areas with the highest need.

‘It is important for services like this to exist because the types of issues faced by homeless people tend to be complex and intertwined, and we’ve found that helping to alleviate their legal problems can put them in a better position to address other issues.

‘Traditional legal services are virtually unavailable to our homeless community because they don’t cater to their current needs and Street Law has been specifically designed for maximum accessibility by a highly transient and almost invisible homeless population.’

Visit www.streetlawcentre .org.au for more information.