In May 2014, 85 volunteers spread out across the Perth CBD at 4am, three mornings in a row to find who was sleeping rough, and to find out what their situation is.
We found 204 people, and 168 of them agreed to be surveyed. Some of the key findings are:
- 24% were young people under the age of 25
- 70% of them were male
- 39% were Aboriginal people
- The physical & mental health of many people was very poor
- The use of Accident & Emergency Hospital services by those surveyed was extremely high – costing the State Government approximately $500,000 per year
- 47% of the people surveyed need “ongoing support” to end their homelessness
Ruah is working collaboratively with our partners in community sector & government agencies to meet the needs of the people who have been surveyed. We are starting with those who are most vulnerable and working to get them housed.
Here is the full report to download – REGISTRY WEEK 2014 Final