St Bart’s and BHP partner to deliver $1m program to end homelessness

Former St Bart's client Daniel shared his story at a Reconnecting Lives event
Former St Bart's client Daniel shared his story at a Reconnecting Lives event

FORMER St Bart’s client Daniel is part of a $1 million homeless prevention program funded by BHP and led by the East Perth-based service that supports homeless people.

Daniel, who only owned a pair of shorts and a t-shirt when he arrived at St Bart’s a few years ago, was one of the first people to join the Reconnecting Lives program that has a ‘housing first’ approach.

The aim of the 18-month program is to provide a personal and flexible pathway for clients to end the homelessness cycle.

Participating clients will receive ongoing support from case managers to achieve sustained tenancies and to become active members of their community and self reliant.

Reconnecting Lives was launched in October and had 12 clients within the first four weeks.

Daniel shared his story of how he joined St Bart’s Crisis and Transitional Service for Men after living on the streets for a few years, at an event for the program last month.

St Bart’s chief executive John Berger said the partnership with BHP meant St Bart’s could help create pathways out of homelessness. “It’s really exciting for us and an important opportunity for those we can assist,” Mr Berger said.