December 5, 2019

Government’s homelessness funding announcement welcome news

Foundation Housing applauds the State Government’s launch of the 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020 – 2030. In particular news of the $35 million funding of two Common Ground facilities to help break the cycle of homelessness, a project Foundation Housing has been working on in consortia for the past twelve months, and also the expansion of housing first models such as 50 Lives 50 Homes across the state.

Foundation Housing has long advocated for a comprehensive and long-term strategy to address homelessness and has for many years participated in sector working groups, formal alliances and pilot programs that have aimed to address homelessness in its various forms.

Foundation Housing is the state’s largest provider of lodging accommodation and many of our residents have previously been homeless and require additional support to sustain their accommodation.  As such we particularly appreciate the additional response to homelessness that the Common Ground complexes will provide.   Common Ground complexes brings together people on low incomes and others at risk of homelessness in a residential setting with 24 hour on-site support to assist those living there to sustain their tenancy. The model has similarities with the youth housing facility, Foyer Oxford, that Foundation Housing has operated in consortium with Anglicare WA and North Metropolitan TAFE for the past five years.

Foundation Housing is also pleased to note $34.5 million has been set aside over five years for a Housing First Homelessness Initiative (including rental subsidies) to extend successful housing-first collective impact approaches to new locations across WA including in Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury,and Geraldton. Foundation Housing has participated for some years in pilot programs of the Housing First model and looks forward to contributing towards its successful expansion.