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Due to the government moving to Phase 4 of the COVID-19 response plan, Street Law staff are no longer working remotely.

 

Street Law considers the health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers as a paramount concern. Following the government moving to phase 4 of the Covid 19 Recovery plan Street Law is no longer working remotely and we have all returned according to a plan of action developed over the past month.

 

As of Monday 6 July, Street Law will be commencing attending clinics at St Pat’s, Passages and Tranby. For more details of these outreach clinics, please follow this link

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

OUR UPDATES

Thank you Tessa!

Last Friday, our Corrs Chambers Westgarth secondee, Tessa, had her last day with Street Law. Tessa’s secondment began shortly prior to Street Law’s move towards working remotely, and she adjusted rapidly to a changing work environment. About her time with Street Law, Tessa said the following:

“I’ve really loved my time at Street Law and have found it very rewarding providing assistance to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Volunteering has also given me a greater insight into the struggles people experiencing homelessness have to deal with every day and I think Street Law is an amazing organisation for everything they do for these people!”

Tessa was a fantastic addition to the Street Law team, but it’s not just us who think that – Tessa worked on a matter in cooperation with a case worker from The Beacon, who gave extremely positive feedback to Street Law regarding the beneficial way in which the client was helped with their matters.

Thank you and all the best for the future Tessa!
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A large part of our community legal education (CLE) program is holding sessions for people in our client group to provide them with legal information regarding areas that may affect their lives the most. We have been hosting such sessions as a part of The Beacon’s Restorative Lifestyle Program. The Beacon is a homeless shelter in East Perth that is run by The Salvation Army WA and under this program, Street Law holds sessions on Police Powers to Search and Detain, Fines and Infringements, and Going to Court.

One of our volunteers Anthony delivered the Fines and Infringements session at The Beacon this morning. This consisted of a discussion with our client group, and informing them about their options regarding repaying outstanding debt from court fines and infringements.

The Restorative Lifestyle Program is a core component of our CLE program, and it has developed a cherished relationship between Street Law and the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has recently told us that

“Your collaboration - whether it is one-on-one with a client or via the Pathways elective as part of the Restorative Lifestyle Program – is hugely appreciated.”

Likewise, we believe that the Restorative Lifestyles Program provides clients with the tools and the strategies to know how to change their lives and move forward.

Thank you to The Salvation Army for the continued support.
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Thank you Adriana!

Our most recent King & Wood Mallesons secondee, Adriana, recently finished her secondment with Street Law.

We had the privilege to work with Adriana for 10 weeks, during which she worked entirely remotely. We very much appreciate the invaluable contribution she made to Street Law’s work, as she took on several incredibly complex matters and handled them with ease. Despite working remotely, she brought a very friendly and positive attitude to Street Law’s work.

We wish Adriana the best for the future, and wish to extend our thanks to King & Wood Mallesons for their continued support.
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Today, the WA government announced that it has found a site for its new Common Ground project.

Scheduled to start construction in 2021-22, the building will consist of 70 self-contained apartments, in addition to communal areas and office spaces housing homelessness support services. It will be located on the corner of Hill and Wellington streets, in East Perth.

This is another promising step being taken by the State Government to address homelessness in the central Perth area, and Street Law looks forward to its completion.

www.facebook.com/SimoneMcGurkMLA/posts/1706250632846663Western Australia’s first Common Ground has found a home. 🙌🏠

Today I was joined by The University of Western Australia's Paul Flatau and Perth MP John Carey to announce that we have secured a site at the corner of Hill and Wellington streets, in central Perth.

The Common Ground model offers safe, affordable and permanent housing to people who are experiencing chronic homelessness, sleeping rough or at risk of becoming homeless.

But it is not just a building - a range of supports will be built in to the facility, to give residents the best possible chance of maintaining their tenancy and getting their lives back on track.

These supports are the cornerstone of the McGowan Government’s shift towards a Housing First approach to addressing homelessness in the community.

Services will be located on site for people who may need employment assistance, have mental health issues or require medical referrals and expertise.

By supporting residents to build independence and improve their lives, this project will go a long way to breaking the cycle of homelessness in the CBD.

The evidence from Common Grounds in other cities tells us that it will also significantly reduce the amount of services required, delivering savings to taxpayers.

This State Government is investing $35 million in two Common Grounds.

We are doing what previous governments did not - record new investment in housing and homelessness services, and committing to doing things differently to get people off the streets for good.
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Over one year of service!

Today, we gave thanks to one of our volunteers, Taylah, for over one year of commitment to Street Law.

Taylah’s first day with Street Law was on 21 May 2019. Since then, she has been a consistent and valued member of our team, contributing to Street Law during her studies at university.

Even though the official anniversary date was in May, we decided to celebrate this occasion in order to give Taylah the immense credit she deserves in person.

We wish to thank Taylah for her utmost commitment to Street Law!
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