Survey to help homelessness

Hayley Goddard, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph
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Advocating for the needs of Rockingham and Kwinana's homeless will have a stronger case when the numbers of those sleeping rough and couch surfing in the region are calculated in February as part of Perth Registry Week 2016.

Registry Week took place in Perth in 2012 and 2014, but next year the survey, co-ordinated by Ruah, will extend to the outskirts of the metropolitan area.

Ruah community projects senior manager Robyn Fernihough said the survey assessed individuals and families' health and how at risk they were of dying on the streets.

"It's a great tool for collecting data for advocacy of services which are needed," she said. "It helps agencies to prioritise people for housing."

The project, 50 Lives 50 Homes, managed by Teale Prus, is the bigger picture of Registry Week, which aims to create a database of those needing accommodation and then find them a home through the Department of Housing or private rentals.

Ms Fernihough urged people to remember most homeless did not choose that lifestyle, but were forced to do so by their circumstances.

PRW 2016 project co-ordinator Kat Ahlers said the survey would be conducted by a Ruah-trained team leader, Rockingham and Kwinana homeless agency volunteers and police on February 15 and 16, from 4am to 6.30am.

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