It is hoped that the roundtable conversations will identify a number of local community groups and government and non-government organisations, who are willing to work together on a project.
The need for the Peel Region at this point, is “bricks and mortar”. The real need is in housing infrastructure including quantity and variety. Mandurah has a housing shortage issue with a solution needing to be both economical; while benefiting the community in regards to growth, the employment sector and improving the resilience of the community to flourish.
A range of groups are in need of housing support. One agency has identified that one of the growing groups is 13 – 19 year olds. Data from WACOSS states that domestic violence is one of the key factors to homelessness and that domestic violence then affects not just one member of the household but many. This then affects the wider community by impacting on the economic growth in the community as housing becomes an issue for families there concern for jobs gets pushed down the list of priorities.
A variety of models are available for addressing homelessness and housing affordability issues including; The Foyer model, Common Ground, St Barts etc. The Peel Region may benefit from a more flexible model that meets the needs of a wider variety of people. The Peel Region is fortunate to have a very capable group of agencies ready and willing to offer support to projects.