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REIWA is proud
to announce it has now raised $1 million for The Salvation Army to help those
experiencing homelessness in our community.
REIWA has been
in partnership with The Salvation Army since 2013 via its philanthropic
Community REInvest program, which brings Western Australian real estate agents
together to identify opportunities, mobilise resources and support the people
of WA, particularly those experiencing homelessness.
Damian Collins said this was an incredible achievement and showed the care the
WA real estate community had for those doing it tough on our streets.
are in the community every single day and understand the role housing plays in
the lives of all West Australians. To see our local real estate community come
together to raise such a significant sum of money for people experiencing
homelessness is something we are very proud of,” Mr Collins said.
The Salvation Army Public
Relations Secretary Warren Palmer said REIWA’s $1 million in donations had
helped the Salvos to provide 196,000 sessions of care and 3,300 people with
emergency accommodation and a pathway out of homelessness.
from REIWA has made a substantial and lasting difference for the thousands of
people who have encountered homelessness due to a range of life complexities. This
financial support has helped us provide intensive and personalised case
management to our clients, giving each person a unique and tailored approach to
regenerate their own positive pathway in life.
“We all need a
safe place to call home and the generosity of REIWA and its agents has helped
this become a reality for many people who have felt trapped by hopelessness,”
Mr Palmer said.
Army launched its annual Homelessness Week on Sunday 1 August, which aims to
raise awareness around people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face,
and the action needed to achieve long-lasting housing solutions.
new research by the Salvos, the average life expectancy of a person
experiencing homelessness in Australia is now just 50 years of age.
The study found that being homeless multiplies
the risk of early death between three and seven times, bringing the national average
to just 50 years of age. It also found that a third of these deaths were
preventable, the result of illnesses that could have been treated with
appropriate medical help.
Data from the
Australian Bureau of Statistics shows more than 9,000 people in WA are
experiencing homelessness, with 1,000 of those living on the streets.
Mr Collins said
that while WA was one of the most affordable places in the country to buy and
rent in, for some people in the community, access to safe and affordable
housing was still out of reach.
“The issue of
homelessness is a community problem and one that we must all play a part in
eradicating. Whilst the private rental sector plays a critical role in
providing housing, it can’t shoulder this responsibility alone.
“There needs to
be a national plan for housing on a bi-partisan basis that is supported by all
levels of government. Increasing housing supply will improve overall
affordability. Governments can contribute by quickening approval times,
reducing the cost of the development application process, increasing density in
appropriate locations, accelerating land release programs and establishing a
government led mechanism for reliable data on housing demand and supply.
individual level, I would encourage anyone who is in a position to help to dig
deep and get behind the Salvos this Homelessness Week and beyond. Every
donation, no matter how small, is important. It all adds up to make a big
difference to those who are most vulnerable in our community," Mr Collins
information about Community REInvest and the REIWA agents that support it
directly, visit the In the Community page.
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