At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 May 2021 the City of Perth Council endorsed a two-month night trial of a Safe Shelter at the Citiplace Community Centre from July 2021.
The Safe Shelter will not be an alternative to accommodation services but rather a short-term crisis intervention. There will be no beds.
The Shelter will consist of comfortable chairs, beanbags and mats to encourage rest and enable people to get out of the cold.
Two qualified support staff will manage the facility who will provide support and encourage access to support services during the day.
The service will operate on a referral basis from; homeless support services, WA Police and City of Perth Rangers and be able to cater for up 15 men per night, aged 18 years and over who are sleeping rough.
The facility will also have two dedicated security personnel.
When the centre closes in the earlier hours of the morning clients will be encouraged to attend support service appointments and day time service providers to assist them in finding more permanent accommodation.
Daytime operations of the Citiplace Community Centre will not be affected.
Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said “I’m proud that the City of Perth is continuing to help those most in need in our community and look forward to the results of this trial.”
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