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The Salvation Army is the largest provider of homelessness services across the Territory and assist people in crisis and those who need transitional housing and permanent accommodation.

A major cause of homelessness

Family violence is a significant issue in Australia with estimates of the number of families experiencing family violence at between one in three and one in ten.

It is well recognised that women escaping family violence represent the majority of those seeking assistance from homelessness services.

The Salvation Army operates 10 family violence services and in the past 12 months has supported more than 3,000 women through specialist family violence services across the country. 

“People often forget how many people are made homeless as a result of family violence.”

“Australia encourages women and children to leave violent situations and in these serious cases it can mean women and children becoming homeless,” she says.

- Netty Horton, Social Program Director for The Salvation Army

How we help the homeless

During 2012 The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory provided:

  • over 4,600 beds for homeless people each week
  • over 1,000 crisis and 6,000 non-crisis accommodation every night of the year

In our 2013 survey of our clients across the country we found that:

  • 4% of people were homeless
  • 5% were living in friend or relative’s homes
  • 7% of single parents in receipt of new start were homeless

Read more from our National Economic and Social Impact Survey 2013.

Thoughts on homelessness

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Our work in action: New Centre for homeless young people in WA

The Salvation Army Crossroads West has moved into its new Karratha Youth Crisis Centre.

At least two and a half years in the making, the new centre offers purpose built temporary accommodation for youth aged 14-24 with nowhere to live.

Crossroads West previously ran out of a residential home and the new facility was designed with best practise in mind.

‘The way we can deliver our service is made a lot easier because we have things like single bedrooms, and interjoining ensuites,’ says Salvation Army Crossroards West Service manager Melissa Neil.

During a three month stay at the centre, young people work with youth workers to find accommodation, as well as education or employment, and develop independent living skills, such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting.

The centre is funded to support six young people but eight single bedrooms have been built, with plans to expand. Any community organisation is able to refer a young person to the centre.

Salvation Army Crossroads West Network Director Yvonne Hunt said the new facility would continue to help young people in crisis find permanent accommodation.