$6 million State Government fund to help local governments reduce homelessness

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The City of Albany Administration and Civiv Centre building North Road Albany.
Camera IconThe City of Albany Administration and Civiv Centre building North Road Albany. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The City of Albany and its neighbouring local governments are hoping to find new solutions to reduce homelessness through a new $6 million State Government fund.

Under the new Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness, one-off financial co-contributions will help WA communities respond to and prevent homelessness.

The first round of grants opened on August 1, coinciding with the start of Homelessness Week, and applications close on Friday, October 15.

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 are available to local governments or community groups to support local government-led projects.

There will be four annual funding rounds of $1.5 million each.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said the fund was intended to drive locally co-ordinated, innovative responses to homelessness.

“This $6m fund will encourage State and local government partnerships that involve local decision-makers identifying and driving responses that are tailored to their area,” she said. City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe said the City was considering its options before progressing.

“The City of Albany is a member of the Homelessness Forum consisting of a range of government agencies and service providers from across the Great Southern,” he said.

“The City will work with the forum members to decide the best way to progress this initiative in the Great Southern.”

Shire of Plantagenet chief executive Cameron Woods said the Shire would consider how the homelessness fund could support the strategies identified by their recently established housing work group.

Shire of Denmark chief executive David Schober said they would raise the new grant opportunities with local community groups.

“We are seeking more detail about the fund from the Department of Communities and will reach out to relevant local community groups to discuss this new funding opportunity,” he said.

“We look forward to understanding more about the fund and will continue to support our community groups to find solutions for homelessness in our Shire.”

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