Housing and Homelessness

“I want a house that I can be proud of, where people can come round 
and where I feel safe.”

-Anglicare WA client searching for affordable accommodation

Our Experience

We believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Yet many people struggle to secure and maintain a roof over their head. We know access to safe, affordable accommodation is essential for healthy communities and it will take a coordinated response to end homelessness in WA.

Anglicare WA works with people every day who are struggling to make ends meet. We have seen the transformative power of providing safe, stable accommodation.  Securing decent accommodation is often the first step for people in getting back on their feet and developing a sense of belonging.

It doesn’t matter if someone is a victim of crime, leaving domestic violence, has changing family circumstances or is a young person who can no longer live at home, Anglicare WA works with people to secure a stable housing arrangement.

Anglicare WA supports 2,500 people each year with housing and homelessness services through:

  • Foyer Oxford
  • Outreach to young people experiencing homelessness
  • Supported accommodation for young people
  • Assistance to secure affordable and appropriate housing

What are the main issues?

  • On any given night in WA, over 9,000 people experience homelessness, including over 3,000 children and young people1
  • Family violence continues to be one of the main drivers of homelessness (42%)
  • Exposure to trauma (70%) and mental health conditions (82%) are particularly high amongst people experiencing chronic homelessness2
  • The 2019 Rental Affordability Snapshot found, out of 9,283 rental properties:
    • Zero (0) were affordable for a single person on Newstart 
    • Only 34 were affordable for a single parent on Parenting Payment

1ABS (2018) Census of Population and Housing 2016, Estimating Homelessness
2O’Donnell, M., Varker, T., Cash, R., Armstrong, R., Di Censo, L., Zanatta, P., Murnane, A., Brophy, L., and Phelps, A. (2014). The Trauma and Homelessness Initiative. Report prepared by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health in collaboration with Sacred Heart Mission, Mind Australia, Inner South Community Health and VincentCare Victoria.

What should be done?

Commit to ending homelessness

Implement the End Homelessness WA Strategy to develop a coordinated and collaborative approach to ending homelessness in WA by 2028. This includes ensuring adequate and affordable housing, focusing on prevention and early intervention, adopting a Housing First approach, developing a 24/7 ‘no wrong door’ integrated system, gathering robust data, setting clear targets, and building community capacity.

Invest in social and affordable housing

Increase social housing (public and community housing) by a net increase of at least 15,000 dwellings by 2030. Provide subsidised housing in the private rental market, building on lessons from the Assisted Rental Pathways pilot, and require new developments to include at least 15% affordable housing, of which 5% is social housing.

Make Renting Fair 

Get rid of “no grounds” evictions, allow tenants to make reasonable modifications to make their house a home, create minimum standards for rental properties, limit rent increases and extend legal protections to boarders and lodgers.

What you can do

Learn

Join

Speak out

  • Talk to friends and family about homelessness and affordable housing
  • Organise an event in your area to empower people to speak out about homelessness and affordable housing
  • Contact your elected officials in the WA Parliament and the Australian Parliament. Tell them you support initiatives to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home 
  • Share your thoughts on social media:

Feeling lost?

Anglicare WA offers a wide range of services and with more than 50 service locations across WA, we’re never too far away.

If you’re not sure where to go, call us on 1300 11 44 46.