Special investigation: Mandurah Mail delves into local homelessness in four-part series

Homelessness in Mandurah is an ongoing issue that the authorities have pledged to tackle.

Over the space of four weeks in August 2019, to coincide with the start of Homelessness Week, the Mandurah Mail delved into the complexities of helping our most vulnerable citizens.

Part 1.

Part 1.

In part one, we sat down with those at the coalface - people, due to a number of reasons and situations, that found themselves on our streets.

Many have turned to squat houses - one man even resorted to living on a property that an alleged murder occurred just months before.

Part 2.

Part 2.

In part two, Mandurah's selfless souls told their stories of trying to help the needy.

Organisations like Peel Connect and Halo are doing all they can to alleviate suffering on our streets, but are largely reliant on the good will of volunteers.

Part 3.

Part 3.

In part three, we headed out to Furnissdale to meet with Squared Away - a not-for-profit organisation helping homeless men in the Peel region.

Accommodation, support and camaraderie are on offer, but again resources are thin on the ground.

Part 4.

Part 4.

In part four, the region's only government-funded homelessness support worker told us of all the good work being done to help those less fortunate.

But, a similar pattern emerged, with a lack of feet on the beat and funding support being raised as a hurdle to overcome.

After the series completion, journalist Carla Hildebrandt wrote pieces recollecting what she had witnessed, with a focus on squatting and potential solutions.