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Street Law is a free outreach legal service for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Western Australia.

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This week we said goodbye to Brian, our brainiac secondee from Ashurst!Brian has worked with us on Wednesdays over the past ten weeks. Brian has worked closely with one of our solicitors, Anna, at her weekly outreach legal clinic at Passages Youth Engagement Centre. Brian’s depth of knowledge and hard work will be missed around the office. Brian said the following about his time with us:“I’ve had a fantastic experience here and have really enjoyed the atmosphere/culture of the team. I’ve learned a great deal about aspects of the law and areas which I had not previously encountered. Seeing how the team interacts with clients will undoubtedly also shape how I interact with clients in the future. Overall, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to assist the team.”Thank you and goodbye Brian! And a massive thank you to our pro-bono partner, Ashurst, for your continued support!#StreetLawCentre #accesstojustice #endhomelessness #slcvolunteers ... See MoreSee Less
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TRUE OR FALSE THURSDAY!TRUE: Spiritual homelessness is a disconnection from one’s homeland, kinship, networks, heritage, family and community. First Nations people are deeply connected both physically and spiritual to the place they call home. The lasting effects of colonisation has left many First Nations people disconnected from what they call their heart country and they are left to choose between housing and home, kin and culture. As outlined by Noongar Mia Mia - Indigenous Housing for the Future housing for First Nations people needs to be grounded in culture, because what’s adequate housing for mainstream Australia can mean spiritual homelessness for them. We should not be asking our First Nations people to compromise their connection to home and country in order to be safely and securely housed, instead we should support culturally appropriate housing policy that advocates for First Nations people to return to their Kalil/Koolark or heart country. To find out more about why Aboriginal homelessness needs a cultural approach see Noongar Mia Mia’s August 2021 web report at the following link: www.dropbox.com/s/ldfxtr4qvl7o4oo/Why%20Aboriginal%20Homelessness%20Needs%20A%20Cultural%20Approa... ... See MoreSee Less
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Youth Crew Launch!Today is an exciting day for us, we have collaborated with Passages Youth Engagement Centre to launch Youth Crew. The Youth Crew project will assist street present youth to address their socio-economic, health, housing and legal issues. The aim of Youth Crew is to reduce the barriers young people face exiting homelessness. The interlinked and complex vulnerabilities experienced by street present young people increases the intensity of legal and social services required. Our team and the Passages team know that providing a holistic approach to street present youth is essential if real change is going to be made to the lives of young people in WA. Today at the launch,Minister for Housing and Local Government John Carey said that “the process for someone experiencing homelessness to finding permanent housing needs intense wrap around services” and that is what our new project will be providing to young people in WA. We want to extend our gratitude to Lotterywest and Minister Carey for providing their support for our collaboration. #StreetLawCentre #accesstojustice #endhomelessness ... See MoreSee Less
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TRUE OR FALSE THURSDAY!FALSE: A security guard cannot search a person’s body. However, they can search a person’s bag. By entering a shopping centre or a pub you are impliedly consenting to the conditions of entry. Generally, a condition of entry will be that you are agreeing to have your bag searched.If you refuse to consent to a bag search you will be asked to leave the premises, or if the security guard believes you have committed an offence, they can detain you while they call the police.#StreetLawCentre #accesstojustice #endhomelessness #trueorfalsethursday ... See MoreSee Less
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