Mandurah mayor urges state government to fund homeless housing relief

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams has called for the state government to provide housing options for homeless people in the community.

On July 23, the City of Mandurah council voted unanimously to support the vulnerable by exploring housing options, collecting data on the issue, implementing local laws and connecting support services.

Council also voted to move the Peel Community Kitchen from Sutton Street to Tuart Avenue to be closer to a free shower facility and transport.

Mr Williams told the chamber the City of Mandurah worked with WA Police, rangers and security on the issues of homelessness.

"Supporting people who are homeless is not traditionally the role of the local government," he said.

"The state government needs to follow the leadership we are showing and ensure the adequate resources are in this commitment.

"We need a greater commitment to housing. Let's see the state government come on board and see them deliver."

Councillor Lynn Rodgers said she visited a community kitchen in Bunbury, along with councillor Shane Jones and Mr Williams, to learn more about the issue.

Department of Communities spokesman Brad Jolly said the state government provided funding to a number of organisations in the Peel region that supported people experiencing, or at risk, of homelessness.

"Reducing homelessness is a priority for the state government and there is a commitment to working with the community service sector, local government and the wider community, to find innovative and collaborative ways of responding to and preventing homelessness," he said.

Mr Jolly said the funding agreements totalled $1.4m.

"In addition to this, the state government funds a number of organisations who provide family and domestic violence accommodation and support services and housing support workers in the peel region," he said.

Mr Jolly said the Department of Communities was leading the development of a 10-year strategy on homelessness, which will be finalised and launched at the end of this year.