A HOUSING SOLUTION FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE
 
The “My Home” project is an immediate response to providing housing for homeless people. It can be initiated in parallel with other housing options being considered.
This proposal is aimed at ending homelessness, not just managing it.
 
PREMISE
A major cost of providing housing is land. This means if the land cost can be subtracted, affordable housing can be achieved

HOUSING FIRST SOLUTION = WORLD BEST PRACTICE

If someone has permanent, secure, safe place they can call home, then chances of progressing to an independent, decent and dignified quality of life are significantly increased. Global precedents show that Housing First has an 80% success rate i.e. people do not regress back to homelessness.

KEY OBJECTIVES
  • Alleviate the urgent need for longer-term housing
  • Provide permanent, low-cost housing that homeless people can call “My Home” until they are self-sufficient and no longer see themselves as a homeless person.
THE PROBLEM
We know there are at least 9,000 people experiencing homelessness every night in Western Australia. Over a year, WA’s specialist homeless services are assisting over 24,000 people. The situation for these people could be rough sleeping on the streets; in parks; in their car; in squats and other forms of temporary lodging; couch surfing; or living in boarding and rooming houses without private facilities and security of tenure. Refuges, halfway houses and emergency shelters are only a temporary day-by-day support for homeless people. There is an urgent need for permanent, low-cost, housing to enable homeless people to get back on their feet and aspire to a decent quality of life. A place which they can call “My Home”.
 
NORTH FREMANTLE 'MY HOME' PROJECT APPROVED

An innovative project that takes advantage of surplus state government land to provide housing to homeless women aged 55 and over has been given the green light by Fremantle Council. 
The ‘My Home’ proposal involves the construction of 18 self-contained single bedroom units on Congdon Street in North Fremantle on vacant land that is currently part of a railway reserve.
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ROTARY CLUB OF KALAMUNDA'S INVOLVEMENT
The club will be raising funds to support the purchase of furniture and small appliances to help turn the houses into homes.

Click here to find out more about our next fundraiser on the 20th of September 2020

 
 
The Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness recently released a ten year strategy to end homelessness. Affordable, accessible housing was identified as the number one priority needed to end homelessness. Investment in permanent housing is a key driver in enabling people to find employment, undertake training and regain a self-sufficient life. In Australia, there is an unprecedented growth in the number of people experiencing homelessness. This could be through personal circumstances but the increasing costing of housing is making it more difficult to rent in the private market. Financial stress occurs when the cost of accommodation is 30% or more of the individual’s income. People on Keystart or other social benefits simply cannot afford to pay private market rent. Meanwhile, vast tracts of land remain vacant in the Perth metropolitan area and regional centres, including land owned by statutory authorities, State and Federal governments, local councils, the Church and other organisations. The State government has prepared a 10 Year Strategy for Homelessness which was first published in 2019. However, there is currently no action by the State government to increase supply of housing for homeless people. 
 
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  • Housing First Model
  • "My Home" Structure
  • "My Home" Land & Proposed Locations
  • "My Home" Houses
  • On-going Management of Housing and Tenants
  • Funding Opporunities
  • and more...