Homelessness and begging in Subiaco
During the COVID-19 situation, the City has been advised that support services for people experiencing homelessness are continuing with the appropriate safety measures put in place. For the safety of their staff, volunteers, and clients, organisations that provide support and essential services to people experiencing homelessness have adapted their program delivery to follow the advice of the Department of Health.
The City of Subiaco is committed to addressing homelessness and reducing the risk of homelessness through a coordinated and facilitated approach. The City recognises that homelessness and begging are complex issues that require a whole of community approach.
The City is a participating local government in the Inner City Homelessness Framework Committee. The City is committed to working collaboratively with our neighbouring inner city local governments and more broadly across the Perth metropolitan area.
What can I do?
The below information aims to clarify what actions you can take to assist a person experiencing homelessness, and how to notify the correct authority of any associated matters.
Notify the City
The City works with local service providers that provide outreach services to people experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness in our community. Notifying the City assists us to provide helpful information to these services and also gives the City information on the prevalence of homelessness in the local area, which will help inform future initiatives.
To notify the City, contact the Community Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9237 9222. Please include details such as location, number of people, and any health or safety concerns. Please note, criminal behaviour and illegal activity must be reported to Police on 131 444 before contacting the City (see below).
Report an issue
- Community safety and crime - May include (but not limited to) antisocial behaviour, trespass on private property, assault or threats, alcohol and drugs, appearance of mental health issues. Please phone WA Police on 131 444 or in an emergency 000. You can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers WA online or by phoning 1800 333 000. Please note – it’s not illegal to beg or sleep rough in a public place. A person cannot be arrested or ‘moved on’ for sleeping rough or begging in a public place.
- Child welfare – contact the Department of Communities, Child Protection an Family Support on 1800 273 889 or email@example.com during office hours, or 9223 1111 after hours. If there is immediate danger or a life-threatening situation phone 000 immediately.
- Blocking a walkway or thoroughfare – please contact the City of Subiaco on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9237 9222.
- Waste, cleanliness, smells – please contact the City of Subiaco on email@example.com or 9237 9222.
Subiaco main streets can be a popular location for people to beg due to high foot traffic and a generous community. It should be noted that not all people begging are homeless, and not all people experiencing homelessness will beg. The City has been advised by local police and community organisations to encourage the community to instead support charities that provide emergency relief and outreach. This helps to discourage those not seeking money for essential expenses, and better supports the community organisations that provide emergency relief and assistance.
Emergency relief and accomodation
There are a number of services across Perth working to address and end homelessness. Many of these provide services to people within the City of Subiaco.
- ERConnect – Developed by Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS), ERConnect contains real time search results of emergency relief services, with phone numbers, operating hours, and directions on the services available in your location.
- AskIzzy - Help find the services you need, now and nearby. It is free and anonymous, and you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, and more.
- Entrypoint Perth 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684 – Entrypoint Perth is a free assessment and referral service assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Australia to access accommodation and support options.
- Crisis Care, Department of Communities (Child Protection and Family Support) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 – Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Crisis Care can be accessed through the translating and interpreting service on 13 14 50.
- Homeless Services in the Inner City brochure - The City of Perth and the Western Australia Department for Child Protection and Family Support have put together a brochure of homelessness services in the Perth area. Hardcopies of the brochure are available from the City of Subiaco library and administration centre, and can be requested from the City of Perth by organisations.
Volunteer, donate and other options
Contact the following organisations:
For more information about how the City’s addressing homelessness, contact the City’s Community Development team on 9237 9222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.