Salvos Street Outreach Service, Perth
The Salvation Army has expanded its response to homelessness in Perth with the introduction of the
Salvos Street Outreach Service, which operates from 8–11pm Friday to Sunday.
The teams visit parks, laneways and squats to provide sleeping bags, hot meals and conversation to those they come into contact with, as well as transport to the Bridge House sobering up centre or The Beacon crisis accommodation hostel. Connection with a dedicated case worker through the Salvos Doorways service is also offered to assist those who seek a pathway out of homelessness. The service is modelled around the homeless outreach program in Melbourne’s CBD and is soon to expand to include a late night youth response (based on the successful Melbourne Street Teams model), and an all night Rest Stop Café—a supported and welcoming safe place off the street.
The Salvation Army’s Lieutenant Kris Halliday is the Salvos Street Outreach Service Manager. He
says, “While the food and sleeping bags are incredibly important for those we come into contact
with, this programme is first and foremost about relationships. By sitting alongside, sharing a coffee and listening to the stories of those sleeping rough, we are able to build the trust required to help with any immediate needs and help them navigate their way back to being a part of functioning society.”
The Salvos Street Outreach Service has been made possible through the generous financial
contribution of Kleenheat Gas. More about their commitment is available in the Community section of this report.