State Government announces $20.7 million package to continue successful WA Zero Project

A data led approach to solving homelessness in Geraldton will continue after the State Government pledged $20 million towards the successful State-wide project.

As the co-ordinator for the State Government’s Housing First Homelessness Initiative, the Zero Project facilitates data collection to help community groups allocate housing and support services where needed.

The $20.7 million package announced by the McGowan Government will maintain the project for the foreseeable future.

Last month the project found that there were at least 47 homeless people in Geraldton, with 25 sleeping rough while 22 people are in temporary shelter. Almost 70 per cent of the 47 identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

The Zero Project adopts a By Name List, a tool that enables organisations from across the sector to collaboratively track and quantify homelessness.

While it also uses an Advance to Zero methodology which counts down the number of people needing housing as opposed to counting the number of people housed.

The news comes as debate continues to rage about how to address the homelessness issue at the derelict Batavia Motor Inne.

Regional Alliance West operations manager Chris Gabelish told a parliamentary inquiry into homelessness last week that more needed to be done in Geraldton.

He raised ongoing concerns about the use of the Batavia Motor Inne and delays to an $18 million Aboriginal short-stay accommodation facility in Geraldton, which is set to provide temporary housing to more than 70 people in the Mid West.

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