South Fremantle’s homeless facility reopens
A newly redeveloped accommodation and support facility in South Fremantle will be officially re-opened tonight offering support for men who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
Wilf Sargent House has been redesigned to provide eight rooms with private ensuites, a communal lounge, kitchen and games room as well as offices and counselling rooms to provide support services.
The funding for the redevelopment of this historic property was provided through the Commonwealth Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness and the State Government.
The McGowan Government will continue to provide funding for Wilf Sargent House, with support services provided by Uniting Care West.
“As the cold weather kicks in, it’s the homeless who really feel the pain of winter – that’s why the reopening of the new and improved Wilf Sargent House couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk.
“Wilf Sargent House is a vital homeless facility; not only does it provide clients access to essential basic needs like a bed, food and clothing, but it also offers essential support services they need to get their lives back on track.”
Minister for Housing Peter Tinley said, “the cost to redevelop Wilf Sargent House was $2.3 million, of which 30 per cent was contributed by the Commonwealth and the balance from the State through the Housing Authority’s Crisis Accommodation Program.
“Funding for this service demonstrates the State and Commonwealth governments’ support for the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless. This benefits the whole community.”
Individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness should contact EntryPoint Perth on 6496 0001 or Crisis Care after hours on 9223 1111.