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

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🌟✨ Client Story Alert! 🌟✨Our client, Seb, had $100,000 stolen from his bank account due to the bank failing to uphold their legal obligations. Through the collaborative efforts of Street Law, a pro bono law firm and the Consumer Credit Legal Service WA Inc., Seb got his money back 🙌💰 Seb’s story is a powerful example of the value of advocacy and accessible justice. Are you curious to find out more about Seb and his stolen money? You can read his story in our latest newsletter on page 7! streetlawcentre.org.au/street-news-inside-street-law-april-2024/ #AccessToJustice #ClientSuccessStory #EndHomelessness ... See MoreSee Less
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Housing is a Human Right 🏠⚖Yesterday, Street Law attended the Renters Rights Rally on the steps of Parliament House in WA.Western Australian Parliament has refused to ban no-ground evictions, making it one of only two jurisdictions in Australia that continues to allow residential periodic leases agreements to be terminated without any reason. No grounds evictions push people into homelessness, putting their health and safety at grave risk.There are 700,000 people renting in Western Australia. No one should live in fear of losing their home at the whim of the owner. It is time for our laws to reflect the dignity and rights of all renters.The key message from the rally was that we cannot rely on the government to act in the best interests of renters. That is why it is so important that we use our voices and our votes to demand the change we need.We were proud to support our friends at Circle Green Community Legal who spoke at the rally. For further details on the rally, you can access the news article published about it by clicking here: www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/extortion-renters-and-housing-advocates-rally-at-parli... ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is Youth Homelessness Matters Day, and it really does matter!Too many young people are experiencing homelessness in our country. Stats from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Homelessness Services Data 2022-23 show:🔼 3 in 10 people who accessed a specialist homelessness service (SHS) were under the age of 18.🔼 Almost 40,000 of SHS clients were children and young people between the ages of 15 – 24, presenting on their own.🔼 In the 2022/23 financial year, 295 people per day were turned away as services were at capacity and were unable to provide the much needed crisis bed or support. These numbers are predicted to be much higher, because children and young people will couch surf, remain in violent homes, or sleep in the streets as they have no idea homelessness services exist. Governments must urgently respond to the homelessness crisis by increasing investment in services. This is especially urgent as it is reported that specialist homelessness services face a $73 million funding shortfall from June 2024. We need to see the Federal, State and Local governments working together and coordinating action that is preventing and reducing homelessness in our country, especially youth homelessness. ... See MoreSee Less
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In a world where stability can sometimes feel like a fragile illusion, it's important to recognize that the line between having a home and facing homelessness can be thinner than we might think. Every one of us is just a few decisions away from finding ourselves in a situation where the roof over our heads is no longer guaranteed.Whether it's a sudden job loss, a medical emergency, a natural disaster, or a series of unfortunate events, life can take unexpected turns that leave us vulnerable to the harsh reality of homelessness. It's a stark reminder that circumstances beyond our control can quickly change our lives in ways we never imagined.By acknowledging this, we can better understand the issue of homelessness and work towards creating a more compassionate and supportive society. Let's remember that a helping hand, a listening ear, or a simple act of kindness can make a world of difference to someone who is facing the uncertainty of not having a place to call home.Together, let's strive to build a community where everyone has access to the resources and support, they need to prevent homelessness and ensure that no one is left behind. #homelessnessawareness #CompassionMatters #supportingourcommunity 🏠💙 ... See MoreSee Less
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RALLY FOR RENTERS' RIGHTS 🏠END UNFAIR EVICTIONS 🚫Today at WA Parliament House at 12 pm, join Street Law in letting the Labor government know they can’t take 700,000 WA renters for granted. During the worst housing crisis Western Australia has ever seen, the state government is about to pass reforms to rental laws. The first Bill listed in Parliament on the first sitting day of the month, Tuesday 16th April, is Residential Tenancies Act reform. Yet despite record-low vacancy rates and record-high homelessness, the WA government has caved to real estate lobbying and refused to remove 'no-grounds' evictions, even though most other states already have. Instead, they are making minor amendments to tinker with rental increases and rules around pets - but keeping unfair eviction laws means that lessors (the home owners) will still have all the power.The Bill comes back to Parliament at midday on April 16. WA renters will be out in force to insist the WA government takes our demands for security, stability and safety in our own homes seriously.Be there at 12 pm to let Roger Cook and the WA Labor government know they cannot take 700,000 WA renters for granted, nor can they wait until after an election in 12 months time to make renting fair for all of us.We are looking forward to hearing from the Principal Lawyer of Circle Green Community Legal's Tenancy team, Alice Pennycott, who is a key speaker at the rally. ... See MoreSee Less
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