Vincent grants focus on helping homeless

Staff writer

Media Release

The City of Vincent has awarded three local organisations with a grant to assist their work in the area of homelessness.

“We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with three worthy recipients of our Collaborative Grants; the Salvation Army Lincoln Street Outreach Centre, Perth Inner City Youth Services and the Ladder Project Foundation,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

Ladder Development Coach, Ashara Wills with Mayor Emma Cole

“Last year we wanted to do something to address the rising issue of homelessness in the City of Vincent and initiated a new grants program focused on building partnerships with organisations who can address this issue. We are thrilled to be able to expand on the project again this year.”

The Salvation Army Lincoln Street Outreach Centre’s grant is for developing referral pathways and support services for homeless people, or people at risk of becoming homeless, with a focus on women and children.

Captain Naava Brooks, Network Manager for Family & Domestic Violence was enthusiastic about the grant

“Thanks to the City of Vincent, the Salvation Army plans to review and expand the services that are currently being offered at the Lincoln Street Outreach Centre for women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of family violence or other crises. This opportunity will help to develop programs at the centre, as well as expand referral pathways to provide holistic, wrap around support for women and children in the City of Vincent.”

The Perth Inner City Youth Services grant will be used to develop a robust system of support for transgender people who are vulnerable to homelessness and associated issues.

“The City of Vincent funding has enabled TransFolkWA, ConnectGroups and PICYS to collaboratively develop peer support groups for people who are gender non-conforming and who experience disconnection from their family of origin or homelessness. The Peer Support Groups will be integrated within existing services, building safe trusted referral and engagement linkages” said Andrew Hall Executive Officer of PICYS.

Ladder is a leader in youth mentoring and delivers programs and provides opportunities to young people so they can unleash their talents and build a future free of homelessness.

“Mentoring improves outcomes for young people across fundamental areas – behavioural, social, economic and academic. We are excited to be able to offer our mentoring program to young people in the City of Vincent and would like to acknowledge the leadership of Vincent in addressing youth homelessness and investing in the future of young people in their community,” Ladder CEO, Elisabeth Tuckey said.

“Each of the groups chosen are responding to the issue of homelessness in very different ways and we look forward to seeing these programs make a difference to people’s lives over the coming year,” said Mayor Cole.

To find out more about the Collaborative Grants and other community grants offered by the City of Vincent, visit www.vincent.wa.gov.au or call 9273 6000.

Contact:
Gemma Carter / Joanne Fitzpatrick Rosslind Ellis
9273 6058 9273 6506 / 0414 308 159
marketing2@vincent.wa.gov.au
rosslind.ellis@vincent.wa.gov.au

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