Homelessness Week 2022

Updated: Jul 27

We know that people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness are among Western Australia’s most socially and economically disadvantaged. What is less apparent, but as important, is the intrinsic link between Housing, Health & Homelessness.

Join Shelter WA and the WA Alliance to End Homelessness for Homelessness Week 2022.

Official Opening | Monday, 1 August 08:30 – 09:00 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Hon. John Carey MLA, will launch (via video) Homelessness Week 2022, which aims to inspire systemic change to better respond to the health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness. This opening event will also hear from a person with lived experience of homelessness on their personal experience of sleeping rough and the long-term consequences to their health.


COVID-19 & Homelessness | Monday, 1 August 09:10 – 10:30 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

COVID-19 highlighted the importance of the intersection between health, housing and homelessness. The worldwide experience with COVID also demonstrated in many jurisdictions that with ‘political will’ we can end rough sleeping.

This session will explore the experiences of Government and non-Government services to coordinate a rapid response to people experiencing all forms of homelessness to ensure they had appropriate accommodation and access to support services.


Lived Experience Walking Tours | Monday, 1 August - Wednesday, 3 August 10:15 – 13:00 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth (Departure Point)

From Monday to Wednesday, tours will be led by people with lived experience of homelessness. Attendees will walk through the streets of Perth with people sharing their insights on sleeping rough and what support they needed to survive and to get off the streets and into a home. It will be open to members of the public, government, business and services.


Data Dashboard Launch & Workshop | Tuesday, 2 August 9:00 – 11:00 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

Join the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness for Ending Homelessness in Western Australia: 2022 Dashboard and Report Launch.

Director of the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia, Professor Paul Flatau will launch the latest report on Homelessness in WA and accompanying Data Dashboard Report. This will be followed by a panel session which will discuss the results and current service level responses, and will address audience questions.


Symposium | Wednesday, 3 August 9:00 – 11:30 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

International leadership and innovation in homeless and humanitarian award recipient Dr Jim O’Connell from Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program will virtually join a local panel of health and homelessness experts for a robust facilitated conversation. This session will provide a unique overview of the Australian and international strategies on the interface between health and housing to end homelessness.


Government and Sector Updates | Wednesday, 3 August 12:00 – 14:00 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

The Hon John Carey Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Lands will present an update on actions being undertaken by the WA government to end homelessness through the Office of Homelessness and in partnership with service providers. Other presenters include representatives from the Office of Homelessness, Supporting Communities Forum Homelessness Working Group and WA Council on Homelessness on their activities and the implementation of All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030.

Ending homelessness is a priority for the State Government. The establishment of a new Ministerial homelessness portfolio, together with the creation of the Office of Homelessness within the Department of Communities provides a real opportunity to collectively achieve better outcomes for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.


HOUSING: Climate, Homelessness, Housing & Health | Thursday, 4 August 15:00 – 17:00 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

Our news feeds are filled with climate change catastrophes such as floods, fires and droughts, but climate change is also having a deleterious effect on health. Many homes are not designed or built for climatic change, damp, mould, lack of insulation and lack of temperature control can impact the health of people with a home. For those with no place to call home extreme temperatures can cause heat stress and even death.


Lived Experience Art Exhibition | Thursday, 4 August 17:00 – 18:30 |

The Platform, 3/256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

Artists with lived experience of homelessness or housing insecurity, will work throughout the week on a community arts project reflecting on home and homelessness. Workshops will be held at The Platform with a reveal at the closing event. Members of the community will be invited to contribute to the artwork, generating rich conversations and connections, and the creation of an art piece that will be celebrated at the end of the week.


Ending Youth Homeless Internationally | Friday, 5 August 10:00 – 11:00 |

Online Only

Spotlight on Youth – How Washington State are working to end youth homeless. Join WAAEH and YACWA for a youth sector update and listen in as they chat to Ashley Barnes-Cocke, Ed. M, (they/them), the Project Director of the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) at A Way Home Washington. Ashley will be sharing learnings around ending youth homelessness in Washington State, their focus on prevention and the usefulness of a diversion fund.


Local Government Homelessness Hub Launch | Friday, 5 August 13:30 – 15:00 |

Joondalup Reception Centre

Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Hon. John Carey MLA will officially launch the new Local Government Online Homelessness Hub which brings together a range of resources to support and equip local government across WA to respond to and end homelessness. The Hub was a partnership between Shelter WA, WALGA and LG Professionals supported by Lotterywest.


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