Ruah community services executive manager Ros Mulley confirmed the organisation had made some staff redundant, while reducing the working hours of others in order to meet budget requirements.
‘Everyone in the sector is in the same situation,’ Ms Mulley said.
Anglicare WA chief executive Ian Carter said four people were made redundant from Anglicare’s Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) program after the Federal Government withdrew its funding for the scheme.
Department for Child Protection and Family Support acting director-general Emma White could not comment on redundancies in the sector, but said there had been no reduction in funding for homelessness services.
‘The State and Commonwealth Governments have now finalised the development of the 2014-15 National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) and issued contracts to service providers, which will ensure continued service delivery until 30 June 2015.’
It is not clear if funding for the agreement will extend beyond 2015. WA Council of Social Service vice-chairman Mark Fitzpatrick said there had been an increase in demand for homeless- ness services alongside an increased cost of living.
‘These staff changes have come at a time when I think things are already tough enough,’ Mr Fitzpatrick said.
‘I think the staff cuts will hamper the ability for the sector to deal with people in need.’
WA Salvation Army spokesman Warren Palmer said there had not been any redundancies but was still in the process of reviewing its budget.
‘There is no doubt that Government income is becoming more uncertain and together with current levels of public fundraising through The Red Shield Appeal being 9 per cent down on last year; naturally we are under considerable strain,’ Mr Palmer said.