New 24-7 support line for people wanting to help the homeless


RUAH’s Kat Ahlers, Major Brad Watson, Matt Nichols of RUAH, Ben Dettmer and Sheila Purvis from homeless support services at Uniting Care West, and Gemma Hilditch. Picture: Giovanni Torre
RUAH’s Kat Ahlers, Major Brad Watson, Matt Nichols of RUAH, Ben Dettmer and Sheila Purvis from homeless support services at Uniting Care West, and Gemma Hilditch. Picture: Giovanni Torre

PEOPLE who want to help the homeless in Perth and Vincent can access support 24-7 through a new Salvation Army help line.

The phone response service that can be reached on 0429 511 833 will provide information, referrals and advocacy.

Service providers worked together to develop the service, which links organisations together for a co-ordinated response to homelessness in the inner city.

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Salvation Army City Homeless Response co-ordinator Gemma Hilditch said the service was the first of its kind.

“We are not targeting people experiencing homelessness but the members of the general public, businesses and local governments who want to help,” she said.

“The majority of the calls we get are not from homeless people but from people who want to help them.”

The program is in the pilot phase and funded by the Department of Child Protection and Family Services and Lotterywest.

The new line is open to anyone – including individuals, organisations, businesses, and local governments – concerned about someone who is homeless within the City of Perth and City of Vincent areas.

To support the Salvation Army’s work in the provision of accommodation for men or women who are homeless, call 13 72 58 or visit www.salvationarmy.org.