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Question Without Notice No. 429 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 August 2021 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

CORONAVIRUS — HOMELESSNESS

429. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Community Services:

I refer the minister to the vigil for Alana held at Parliament House on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. Alana's family members are pleading for this to be the last death on Perth's streets; however, another homeless First Nation elder lost her life in Yagan Square overnight on that very same day. Alana's family want justice for Alana and housing for the homeless. We are not a Third World country, and this should not be a First World problem. How does the minister intend to manage any COVID lockdown during winter, the pandemic, a humanitarian housing crisis, and the census?

Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Community Services.

The Department of Communities works closely with its sector partners to prioritise the delivery of practical supports to people currently sleeping rough during mandatory lockdown periods. This includes ensuring that they have food provisions and access to the correct personal protection equipment. To support the implementation of All paths lead to a home: Western Australia's 10-year strategy on homelessness 2020–2030, the McGowan government has made a significant investment in new programs and services to support people who are experiencing homelessness. This morning, the state government officially opened the new Boorloo Bidee Mia homelessness service for people sleeping rough in the Perth metropolitan area. This investment will provide a transitional accommodation facility at 300 Wellington Street and will provide support for adult rough sleepers, including tailored care plans for each resident aimed at addressing their specific needs. Additionally, the state government has committed almost $1 billion towards modernising and futureproofing the state's social housing infrastructure.

The census is a commonwealth government responsibility.