City of Perth Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said the pandemic threatened to have a substantial impact on our homeless population who have increased risk of exposure and greater likelihood of severe cases due to limited access to isolated areas and hygiene facilities, as well the prevalence of underlying health issues among this community.

Commissioner Hammond said in collaboration with State Government, funded service providers and volunteers, the City was developing initiatives to ensure essential services continue to be provided while looking after the safety and well-being of those accessing these services, as well as staff and volunteers.

“Meals for the vulnerable community will soon revert to a mobile delivery service, which is currently being developed in collaboration with Uniting Care West,” he said.

“The new delivery model will ensure safety for volunteers while providing necessities to those in our community who are sleeping rough.”

Earlier this week, the City suspended the accreditation site at Moore Street due to social distancing requirements.

“Our staff are working with service providers and volunteers daily to ensure the continuation of essential services to our homeless community until suitable accommodation is identified,” Mr Hammond said.

The City is currently developing a long-term COVID-19 Plan for Vulnerable People that will address longer term and sustainable outcomes for our homeless community.

Issued by: Brooke Hunter, Strategic Communications Advisor, 0448 610 834 and 08 9461 3425 (includes after hours)

The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.