Taking the next step

THE Salvation Army has launched a new phone service which encourages members of the public to take a more active role in helping homeless people.

If you encounter someone sleeping rough and feel comfortable passing on advice, the Salvo’s City Homeless Response can provide details for services to assist them – like St Bart’s, Uniting Care, REIWA, and child protection.

• The Salvation Army, uniting care, and REIWA community services are some of the organisations uniting behind a new strategy to combat homelessness in Perth and Vincent.

• The Salvation Army, uniting care, and REIWA community services are some of the organisations uniting behind a new strategy to combat homelessness in Perth and Vincent.

Otherwise the Salvo’s will make direct contact with the homeless person by sending an outreach worker within 24 hours; linking them with meals, accommodation, and other support services.

Major Brad Watson says the new telephone service will help other services work cohesively, and engage businesses, local government, and the general public in getting the best care for Perth’s homeless.

“There’s a lot of really great services out there which are working really well…what we’re trying to do is map out those services,” said Salvation Army coordinator Gemma Hilditch.

The City Homeless Response number is 0429 511 833

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