WHILE locals were all tucked up in bed in the cold early hours of yesterday morning, volunteers were walking the streets of Fremantle looking for the homeless.
A RUAH initiative, Registry Week came to Fremantle for the first time, volunteers putting their hands up to talk to people sleeping rough about what housing and health services they need so that organisations like St Patrick’s Community Support Service can prioritise what is most important.
St Patrick’s housing and support services director Victor Crevatin said it was an opportunity to reach out to people who could sometimes be difficult to reach.
“We can find out why they’re on the streets, what sort of help they need and how urgently they need it,” he said.
“Individuals identified through Registry Week receive the help they need, without relying on them to come to us, we come to them instead.
“Completing the survey also provides valuable data to agencies such as St. Pat’s so we can better target our services and pick up on any current trends/issues amongst people living on the streets.”
Visit www.ruah.com.au or www.stpats.com.au for more information.