Homelessness in WA

Stats, facts, and what's being done?

Who? Why? Where?

  • 9,595 of our Western Australian brothers and sisters are experiencing homelessness (56% male).
  • Under 12 (15.6%) and 25-34 years (19%) age groups have the highest representation.
  • Major cause (43.5%): Domestic violence and relationship issues, time out from family, family breakdown, violence and assault.
  • Homeless people typically find temporary accommodation at overcrowded dwellings (43%), with 10% sleeping rough (above the national average of 6%).


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  • Specialist homelessness services (SHS) are organisations that provide a range of services to people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. These usually operate through government funding or money raised from donations/fundraising.
  • SHS provide a range of services including: accommodation (from emergency accommodation to transitional and long term housing), family and relationship advice and counselling, material aid and brokerage, meals/laundry and shower facilities, transport, financial and legal advice and information, advocacy, health and medical services, drug and alcohol services, child protection services, parenting skills and education.
  • Approximately 1 in 37 children aged 0-4 spend time in a homelessness service each year, most of whom are accompanying a mother escaping domestic and family violence.


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St Vincent dePaul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society currently funds homeless men’s hostels, women’s refuges, homeless family services, youth crisis centres, youth drop-in centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres and ‘night patrol’ or ‘soup van’ services.

Passages Resource Centre - Helping the homeless aged between 12-25. More than just accommodation.


VincentCare - Accommodation and ‘support with dignity’ to people living with mental illness and/or homelessness while encouraging them to maintain their independence and life skills. New centre (Tom Fisher House) opening in 2014.


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Need Help?

If you require Emergency Relief Assistance in the Perth metro area, please call the Call Centre on 1300 794 054 between 9am - 1pm, Monday to Friday or email callcentre@svdpwa.org.au.

Other areas: http://www.vinnies.org.au/get-help-national?link=1560