PAWS’ future placed on pause

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A pregnant woman who was homeless and a regular at the cafe, died at the back of the PAWS resource centre and cafe on Beaufort Street during a cold night in winter.

‘That prompted us to start a crisis centre, these people had no where else to go,’ Mr Reynolds said.

After their lease expired earlier this year, the organisation had to put their things into storage and move out of the iconic Beaufort Street building, but not before finding alternative accommodation for the 14 homeless people who were staying there.

‘My main priority was to make sure they had somewhere else to go,’ Mr Reynolds said.

‘It was like a family unit.’

The organisation has a community garden on a peppercorn lease from the City of Bayswater, where it grow fruit and vegetables for the community.

More than 600 people help at the garden as part of the Work for the Dole program.

They receive no government funding and rely on community support and selling food from their food truck at festivals.

Mr Reynolds said he would like to lease a building in the Perth CBD for a PAWS cafe and resource centre, but could not afford an expensive lease or large upfront deposit.

‘The cafe brings down barriers, it broke the community down into the common unity,’ he said.

‘We had Tafe students, homeless people, city workers all coming to the cafe.

A City of Perth spokesman said PAWS would need to approach the City to detail what their requirements were but he did not believe the City owned any buildings that would be suitable for their purposes.