Friday, 20 January 2017
Premier Colin Barnett announced today that the Salvation Army would receive $250,000 a year for the next three years to open the additional beds in its The Beacon facility in Northbridge.
"The State Government already provides funding to operate 77 beds at the facility, and will now provide the funding for 25 more beds," Mr Barnett said.
"This important inner city facility also provides a number of support services to help the homeless address issues, such as mental health concerns and drug and alcohol dependencies, and to transition to independence."
Acting Child Protection Minister Joe Francis said over the past few years, the State Government had made significant investment to increase the number of crisis beds in the Perth metropolitan area to meet the growing demand.
"What's important is that these services, like The Beacon, offer support and access to programs and services that help the vulnerable break the cycle of homelessness," Mr Francis said.
Individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness should contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care after hours on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country free call).