Local homelessness in federal spotlight

Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services assistant minister Luke Howarth and Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob discussing homelessness plans. Picture: City of Joondalup
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services assistant minister Luke Howarth and Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob discussing homelessness plans. Picture: City of Joondalup

PLANS to address homelessness were discussed at a local and national level on Thursday.

Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services assistant minister Luke Howarth joined Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts at the roundtable discussion with other key local stakeholders.

The cities are actively working together to deliver their Regional Homelessness Plan that aims to create long-lasting results for those community members who are living with high needs in the northern corridor.

This includes forming the Joondalup Wanneroo Ending Homelessness Group, which is an interagency network of stakeholders that meet regularly and work collaboratively to provide the services required to people at risk or experiencing homelessness.

Mr Howarth said he was “pleased to have the opportunity… to speak with the local providers and get a greater insight into the work they are doing in the area”.

“Every state, city and community has different needs and issues associated with homelessness and it’s important to understand these issues,” he said.

Mr Goodenough said recent Census data showed 1083 West Australians were sleeping rough with a further 8000 “in overcrowded or makeshift accommodation”.

“The forum brought together multiple levels of government, cooperatively working together with community stakeholders to discuss and develop constructive initiatives,” he said.

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