Lotterywest grants help Shelter WA raise awareness about homelessness

Shelter WA Board Member Neil Guard, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk and Shelter WAchief executive Michelle Mackenzie.
Shelter WA Board Member Neil Guard, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk and Shelter WAchief executive Michelle Mackenzie.

SHELTER WA will be able to raise more awareness about homelessness and upgrade its website after receiving two grants from Lotterywest.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk presented the grants to Shelter WA Board Member Neil Guard and chief executive Michelle Mackenzie this month.

The funding will go towards a series of events during Homelessness Week, August 6 to 12, and an IT project to ensure the social and digital communication is more impactful.

Mr Guard said the Homelessness Week events included ‘couch conversations’ with people who experienced homelessness and a forum on how landlords can help prevent homelessness.

He explained how several Homelessness Week events grants have been awarded to support community initiatives to amplify the voices of people with lived experience into the conversation.

Mr Guard said the IT project funding would help to drive more systematic, strategic engagement and advocacy, better engage with stakeholders and members and harness collective action.

Ms Mackenzie said the funding was “crucial”.

“Shining a light on ending homelessness is of course critical,” she said.