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Lotterywest funds for homeless facility

  •  $2.8m funding for fit-out of St Bart’s Lime Street facility for homeless men
  • 148-bed facility to be completed in 2012

A $30million homeless shelter project under way in East Perth has received a major boost today, receiving a State Government-supported Lotterywest grant for more than $2.8million.

Housing Minister Troy Buswell said the funds, for the fit-out of the facility, were in addition to the $22million the Government had already provided to the St Bartholomew’s Lime Street project.

“St Bart’s Lime Street project, which will provide 148 beds for homeless and aged persons, is a fantastic example of a project being delivered through a partnership between Government and the community sector,” Mr Buswell said.

“Partnerships like this, along with partnerships with the private sector, are an important element of the State Affordable Housing Strategy, which aims to provide an additional 20,000 affordable housing options by 2020.”

The seven-storey building at 152 Lime Street, East Perth will comprise 54 one-bedroom residential units to meet social housing needs; 12 one-bedroom crisis units; 42 transitional lodging beds for homeless men; and a 40-bed aged care facility.

Construction on the project commenced in January 2011 and is due to be completed in 2012.
Funding for the project is being provided by the State ($22.3million plus $2.8million from Lotterywest), the Commonwealth ($7.3million) and St Bart’s ($1million).

The Minister said the Department of Housing had worked successfully with St Bart’s since 1992 through its Community Housing programs.

“St Bart’s target people at greatest risk in the community, such as the aged, ill and homeless, showing them compassion and care and, most importantly, giving them a sense of hope.”

Since its establishment in 1933, Lotterywest has provided more than $3billion to the Western Australian community.

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