Grants to shine a light on homelessness and improve Shelter WA's IT 

Shelter WA has received two Lotterywest grants, which will go towards shining a light on homelessness in Western Australia and upgrading our information technology.

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk presented the grants to Shelter WA Board Member Neil Guard and CEO Michelle Mackenzie, at a member forum.

Shelter WA received the grants to raise awareness about homelessness in Western Australia, during Homelessness Week 2018, and to enable Shelter WA to upgrade its website, as well as social and digital platforms, to ensure more impactful communications.

Mr Guard thanked Lotterywest and Ms McGurk for their support, before speaking about the importance of the grant for Homelessness Week 2018.

“A reference group, Chaired by Shelter WA Board member Kathleen Gregory, is overseeing this year’s program with representatives from the WA End Homelessness Alliance, WA Association for Mental Health, Local Government and the Youth Affairs Council of WA,” Mr Guard explained.

“Shelter WA is collaborating on a series of events for Homelessness Week 2018, which include  ‘couch conversations’ with people with lived experience of homelessness; updating the sector on developments in homelessness policy and activities and a forum on how landlords can make a difference to preventing homelessness.”

Mr Guard explained how several homelessness week events grants have been awarded to support community initiatives to amplify the voices of people with lived experience into the conversation. 

Mr Guard said that the funds, for the Information Technology project, are an enabler to drive more systematic, strategic engagement and advocacy; ensure our social and digital communication is more impactful; better engage with stakeholders and our members and harness collective action.

He handed over to Ms McGurk who acknowledged Lotterywest for its generosity in supporting community organisations.

The Minister then spoke about her portfolio as Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family Violence and Community Services and that collectively we need to work together to ending homelessness.

“We are pleased to be able to upgrade our technology, which will help us move forward as an organisation,” Ms Mackenzie said.

“The funds for the IT upgrade are crucial for us in the development of an effective, affordable housing system and bringing all parts of the system together to influence change.

“Shining a light on ending homelessness is of course critical. We look forward to seeing you all at Homelessness Week 2018 events, which will run between Monday, August 6 and Sunday, August 12.”

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