Homelessness and Housing
The foundations of Ruah Community Services lay in the work of the Daughters of Charity engaging with homeless people on the Streets of Perth in 1956, the subsequent establishment of a meal/day centre in 1959 and a Night Shelter for women in 1961.
Ruah Community Services today remains active in the homelessness/ housing field of work, operating both facility based services (through the inner city Ruah Centre and two refuges) and mobile support models (covering both the greater Perth region and south east metropolitan corridor).
Ruah Community Services undertakes lobbying and systemic advocacy work to improve the housing situation and quality of life of people in disadvantage. The organisation is also involved in a number of projects funded through the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program Innovation and Investment Fund.