QT Perth teams with Ruah to help end homelessness

QT General Manager Jason Cooley and Ruah Executive Manager of Housing and Homelessness Sam Knight.
QT General Manager Jason Cooley and Ruah Executive Manager of Housing and Homelessness Sam Knight.

TODAY is the last chance art lovers can bid on five paintings of a native black cockatoo at QT Perth and help house the homeless.

Perth’s newest boutique hotel teamed with Ruah Community Services and five WA artists for Easel Jam, which saw five pieces created in the hotel lobby and auctioned via silent bidding to raise money for the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign.

The campaign addresses the ongoing challenges of housing Perth’s most vulnerable rough sleeping homeless population.

The winning bidders will be announced tomorrow.

QT General Manager Jason Cooley said it was important to help find a solution to Perth’s homelessness issue.

“We don’t want to be known as the hotel that comes into the city and invasively takes all the fruit, we want to help and combine with the locals and make sure we are part of the movement to make it better,” he said.

“When I first arrived in January walking through the building I could see a large presence of homelessness around the building.

“I don’t want to push the CBD’s problems on to somewhere else.”

Ruah Executive Manager of Housing and Homelessness Sam Knight said there was a “big movement” across the community to end homelessness rather than managing it.

“We’re finding there’s an enormous amount of goodwill out there,” he said.

“What’s really interesting is we hear all the time people want to get involved and the frustration of there not being longer term solutions.”