Emergency accomodation created for Collie homeless and domestic violence victims

Homeless people and victims of family domestic violence in Collie will be assisted with new emergency accomodation, the State Government has revealed.

The McGowan Government has funded a crisis and transitional accomodation service with crisis care provider AccordWest to support residents when they need it the most.

It has responded to community need for emergency housing with the Collie Transitional Accomodation Service.

Two Department of Communities properties will be made available, with one to be used for short-term emergency housing, while the other will provide people with transitional accomodation.

It can accomodate two families or up to six adults across the properties.

AccordWest will also offer “wrap-around support” services to assist clients with overcoming barriers they face to securing future long-term accomodation.

It will also collaborate with local community service providers to maximise available resources for people experiencing homelessness in Collie.

“The Collie Transitional Accomodation Service will provide important community services for the local area,” Community Services and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said.

“The State Government’s partnership with AccordWest will help to deliver direct support to vulnerable people who are in urgent need of a rood over their head, offering them a safe space when they need it most.”

“Importantly, it will also link clients in to a network of specialist service providers that can help them achieve longer-term solutions.”

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said he was glad it was delivered as an important election commitment for the “most vulnerable members for the Collie community in emergency situations.”

“I have personally seen the impact that homelessness and family and domestic violence has had on the Collie community and have been pushing for extra assistance with temporary housing for people who are trying to get back on their feet,” he said.

“While we would prefer for members of the community to not need this emergency accomodation, more support will now be available in town for those facing crisis situations than ever before.”

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