What is homelessness?
Homelessness occurs when a person has no suitable accommodation, their dwelling is inadequate with no tenure or space for social relations. There are many factors that can lead to homelessness. These include:
- Domestic and family violence
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Financial difficulties
- Housing affordability stress
- Mental health challenges
- Substance use challenges.
People experiencing homelessness have the same rights as any member of the public to:
- Be in public places
- Participate in public activities or events
- Carry with them and store their own belongings.
How do we support people experiencing homelessness?
Local government plays a coordinating role, bringing together material, social and community resources to prevent and end homelessness. Homelessness is a critical issue and we are working collaboratively to support people at risk, or experiencing homelessness.
- We support the coordination of the Midland Alliance to End Homelessness
- City of Swan facilities are welcoming and inclusive spaces
- Our frontline staff are trained and resourced to support people experiencing homelessness.
I’m looking for support
(08) 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684
Support and referrals for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
(08) 9274 7929
Housing, youth and family services
(08) 9250 2123
Legal, financial and tenancy support
Head to Health
1800 595 212
Mental health advice and support
(08) 6330 7070
Alcohol and other drugs support
I’m concerned about someone
If you have concerns about someone sleeping rough, you should call a trusted service so they can manage the situation.
For incidents where life or property is in danger
Non-emergency incidents that require police assistance
City of Swan
(08) 9267 9267
For enquiries concerning City of Swan facilities or public land
1800 199 008
24/7 Crisis Accommodation support and advice
Mental Health Emergency Response Line
1300 555 788 | (08) 9224 8888