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The Street Law Centre is committed to supporting the homeless and those at risk of homelessness across WA during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers is paramount. As a result, we have suspended all in-person outreach legal services. We are currently in discussions with our outreach service partners concerning video link access to our service.

Clients are able to continue to access our service by telephoning us on
1800 752 992 during office hours.

As at 4.30pm 27 March 2020 we will be working remotely which may have a temporary impact on the capacity of our service at this challenging time.

We are currently developing innovative new systems to continue delivering high-quality legal services over the coming period. We thank you for patience and understanding as these new systems are put in place.

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

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The Street Law Centre is committed to supporting the homeless and those at risk of homelessness across WA during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers is paramount. As a result, we have suspended all in-person outreach legal services. We are currently in discussions with our outreach service partners concerning video link access to our service.
Clients are able to continue to access our service by telephoning us on 1800 752 992 during office hours.

As at 4.30pm 27 March 2020 we will be working remotely which may have a temporary impact on the capacity of our service at this challenging time.
We are currently developing innovative new systems to continue delivering high-quality legal services over the coming period.

We thank you for patience and understanding.
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In late 2019, Charlotte* engaged with us at our St Patrick’s outreach legal clinic in search of help as she had been issued with a infringement for failing to buy a train ticket. At the time Charlotte was experiencing homelessness and was suffering from emotional trauma. Our inquiries revealed that the infringement related to the failure to purchase a valid train ticket, at approximately 11pm at night.

Charlotte, who was 62 years of age, explained to us that it was not her, as she never uses trains late at night because she feels unsafe and vulnerable, especially due to her age. Charlotte was unsure of how she could challenge the unwarranted ticket and this placed an immeasurable amount of distress upon Charlotte, particularly as she was experiencing a difficult living situation.

Street Law advocated for Charlotte and emailed the Public Transport Authority outlining Charlotte’s circumstances - including the fact that Charlotte does not travel on trains at night. After several weeks, we received a letter addressed to Charlotte – from the Public Transport Authority – confirming that her infringement would be withdrawn. The Public Transport Authority advised that someone else had used Charlotte’s identity when the infringement was issued.

While this was a successful story for Charlotte, unfortunately she is not the only person experiencing these hardships. Particularly for those who are at risk of, or are experiencing homelessness, unwarranted infringements can cause significant pain, distress and unjust financial burden.

*name changed.
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