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WA government launches new plan to tackle homelessness

WA government launches new plan to tackle homelessness

The Western Australian government announced this week that it will develop two ‘Common Ground’ facilities to house and support people who are sleeping rough or experiencing chronic homelessness. The government said the proven approach of a ‘Common Ground’ model of supportive housing offers a mix of permanent, affordable housing that is linked with dedicated, tailored […]

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Uniting Care West receives grant to fight homelessness

Uniting Care West receives grant to fight homelessness

Local support group UnitingCare West has secured a $36,600 Social Investment Grant from Community Sector Banking to help people find a sustainable path out of homelessness. The funds will support homeless people to gain the skills and experience for employment in the hospitality industry through the ‘Care for a Cup’ program – a mobile coffee […]

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Homelessness week highlights that many Western Australians need support

Homelessness week highlights that many Western Australians need support

Homelessness week starts today and local organisation Shelter WA has highlighted the seriousness of the challenge in our state. It is estimated that tonight over 9,000 people will experience homeless in Western Australia, and today 67 households will be turned away from support services who are unable to meet the demand. In Western Australia there […]

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Improving homelessness support services for transgender people

A new project is tackling the issue of homelessness has just begun in the City of Vincent. The Trans Homelessness project is a joint initiative of Perth Inner City Youth Service, TransFolk of WA, and ConnectGroups. Funded by the City of Vincent, the project aims to develop referral pathways for homeless trans people in WA […]

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Trans advocates seek info on discrimination in homelessness support

Trans advocates seek info on discrimination in homelessness support

Local trans and gender diverse advocates are seeking participants for a survey which identifies discrimination in the homelessness sector due to religious exemptions. Perth’s Kai Schweizer is circulating a survey to gather information to determine what steps need to be taken to improve housing support for trans and gender diverse people in need. If you […]

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Mark McGowan: It’s time, vote yes for marriage equality

Mark McGowan: It’s time, vote yes for marriage equality

Premier Mark McGowan entered the auditorium at the WA Labor conference in late August to thunderous applause from the party faithful. At the state election in February McGowan lead the party to a resounding victory, delivering a landslide result that obliterated the longstanding Barnett Liberal government, and this was the party’s moment to celebrate that […]

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Pride & Politics: PICYS youth and Senator Louise Pratt talk LGBTIQ issues

Pride & Politics: PICYS youth and Senator Louise Pratt talk LGBTIQ issues

The 17th of May marked a massive milestone in the LGBTI movement with it being International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. One of Perth’s LGBTI friendly youth mental health organisations, Perth Inner City Youth Services (PICYS), coincided with the world of politics by convening a meeting with Labor Senator and LGBTI activist, Louise Pratt, […]

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Barnett and McGowan speak at Australian Christian Lobby forum

Barnett and McGowan speak at Australian Christian Lobby forum

Premier Colin Barnett and opposition leader Mark McGowan made their election pitches to Christian voters at a forum facilitated by the Australian Christian Lobby. Hundreds of people packed out the Kingdom City church last week to hear the two political leaders speak, while more watched online via a live Facebook broadcast. Premier Barnett said people […]

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Massive survey of transgender people in the US highlights inequality

Massive survey of transgender people in the US highlights inequality

While bathroom usage stays at the forefront of discussion about transgender rights in the USA, a new study has highlighted the many different challenges faced by transgender people. Last week The Transgender Centre for Equality released one of the largest surveys ever conducted about transgender people’s lives. The survey was conducted in 2015 and 28,000 people […]

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The Tommyhawks release new tune ‘Safe House’

The Tommyhawks release new tune ‘Safe House’

Local band The Tommyhawks have released a video for their new tune ‘Safe House’. The video was directed by Arlo Dean Cook and features a story line relating to homelessness. Homlessness Week runs from August 1-6 and aims to draw attention to the large numbers of Australian who are homeless. Around one in two hundred […]

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