Crisis housing funded for Collie

AccordWest also manage a six-bedroom facility in South Bunbury.
AccordWest also manage a six-bedroom facility in South Bunbury.

The State Government has announced it will fund a crisis and transitional accommodation service in Collie for those in need of urgent safe space.

The Collie Transitional Accommodation Service has been established in response to community need for emergency housing.

The service will be able to accommodate two families, or up to six adults, across two Department of Communities properties, one focused on short term emergency housing and the other on transitional housing.

Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray said the service would link those in need to specialist service providers to help them achieve long-term solutions as well as urgent housing assistance.

"This transitional housing will be made available to the most vulnerable members of the Collie community in emergency situations," he said.

"I have personally seen the impact that homelessness and family and domestic violence has had on the Collie community, and have been pushing for extra assistance with temporary housing for people who are trying to get back on their feet.

"While we would prefer for members of the community to not need this emergency accommodation, more support will now be available in town for those facing crisis situations than ever before."

The service will be operated by crisis care provider, AccordWest, which will also offer wrap around support services to assist people in need with finding long-term accommodation solutions as well as collaborate with local community service providers to maximise available resources for people experiencing homelessness.

The funding is part of a pre-election commitment by the Labor Government to help bridge the gap between homeless services and those in need in the region.