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WA Housing and Homelessness Minister John Carey, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and Michael Piu (Facebook/John Carey)

Homelessness support service St Patrick’s Community Support Centre has received a $7.5 million Western Australian Government grant to help build 28 social housing dwellings in Perth’s south metropolitan region. Source: The eRecord.

The Cook Government funding is part of a $12 million St Pat’s project that will include the demolition of the site’s existing, ageing and no longer fit-for-purpose accommodation units.

St Pat’s is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing community housing and specialist support services for people facing homelessness in the south metropolitan region of Perth for more than 50 years.

The 28 new social housing dwellings will provide long-term accommodation for people who are experiencing homelessness, aligning with the State Government’s Homelessness strategy and Housing First Approach.

St Pat’s Fremantle chief executive officer Michael Piu said the new homes will have access to on-site services

“Allowing us to provide wrap-around support to assist some of the most vulnerable people in our community to maintain their accommodation, reconnect with community and thrive,” Mr Piu said.

“I want to acknowledge the State Government for this $7.5 million grant which will allow us to offer fit for purpose, long-term housing options particularly for people who have experienced chronic homelessness,” Mr Piu said.

Housing and Homelessness Minister John Carey said the Cook Government was proud to support St Pat’s Fremantle in playing an integral role in assisting people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Development Approval has been granted for the proposed project, with St Pat’s planning to engage a builder mid-2024.


$7.5 million for St Pat’s Fremantle to boost social housing (The eRecord)