HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVE CHANGING LIVES FOR THE BETTER

The future is looking bright for some of Fremantle’s most vulnerable locals, thanks to the efforts of an initiative supported by the Alcock Family Foundation.  

The 20 Lives 20 Homes program is a pilot program using an evidence-based model to provide housinand comprehensive support services to a group opeople sleeping rough in the Fremantle area. It has supported some of the Fremantle community’s most in-need with those entering the program having spent on average 6.9 years homeless. 

That’s equivalent to 53,077 nights sleeping rough.  

recent report released has illustrated the success of the program, with every participant now housed and off the streets. 

“The 20 Lives 20 Homes program is an outstanding community program and one that I’m very proud to support,” Dale Alcock said. “This life-changing initiative not only provides a home but also access to much-needed services supporting physical and mental health, everyday living and employment.”    

“I applaud everyone involved in the 20 Lives 20 Homes program and wish all participants the very best for the future.” 

A full-service approach

The 20 Lives 20 Homes program is funded by philanthropic donations and is part of wider collaborative push to end homeless in Western Australia. The program is a partnership of three key non-profit organisations: Foundation Housing, Ruah Community Services, and St Patrick’s CommunitSupport Centre The program is also supported by a private rental subsidy provided by the Department of Communities. 

The services involved in the program include:  

 – Intensive one-on-one outreach 

 – Financial advice 

 – Assistance with applications for housing, and personal paperwork requirements 

 – Provision of household items, such as whitegoods 

 – Healthcare, including mental health services

 – Practical help around the home with ongoing visits and support 

A shared mission

Debra Zanella, CEO of Ruah Community Services, said the program showcases what can be achieved when stakeholders are aligned with a shared mission. 

What has been achieved in just over a year would simply not have been possible without the generous support of organisations like the Alcock Family Foundation,” Debra said. “We still have a long way to go to end homelessness, but this is a great example of what can be achieved when the community services sector, business sector and governments at all levels work together.”  

The knowledge that the work we are doing matters more than ever right now, is certainly driving Ruah and our collaborating partners to continue working as hard as ever to maintain and extend our services in the year ahead. 

Michael Piu, CEO of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle, agrees. 

“The success evidenced in this program demonstrates the power of a multilateral, collective impact approach, pooling the expertise and resources of various community partners.  

 “St Pat’s is grateful to program partners Ruah Community Services and Foundation Housing, along with generous supporters including the Alcock Family Foundation, who share our commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and empowering individuals to reach their potential.”