'Didn't realise how many in need': Community pulls together to support Mandurah's homeless | Photos

Blankets, food items, toiletries, and material resources were among the items available for homeless people at Mandurah's Homelessness Week events.

The Peel Homelessness Week events on August 6-7, aimed to support homeless people and those who are struggling by offering free goods and services.

This year, dozens of homelessness services had a stand at the event to offer not only goods but also support for Mandurah's most vulnerable residents.

Peel Health Campus chief executive Andrew Tome said the hospital had a stand at the event each year but this year was significantly different because of COVID-19.

"We joined about a dozen other agencies, which also took part," he said.

"However, the event was different this year. We didn't have a stand and we delivered the goods and spoke to people while respecting physical distancing rules."

PeelConnect offer outreach services including night carers and counselling to Mandurah's most vulnerable residents. Photo: Claire Sadler.

PeelConnect offer outreach services including night carers and counselling to Mandurah's most vulnerable residents. Photo: Claire Sadler.

PHC catering manager Paul Calleja has been collecting supplies on behalf of the hospital for years.

"It is just fantastic the way the community pulls together to help," he said.

"Until I became involved in this event a few years ago, I didn't realise how many people were in need.

"These causes are very important - not only to provide direct support and assistance to those in need but importantly, it also raises awareness of homelessness in the community."

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According to Homelessness Australia, more than 9,000 West Australians are without a home on any given night.

Domestic violence and relationship issues are the main cause of homelessness, followed by financial difficulties and accommodation issues.

Mr Tome said the situation with COVID-19 had put people under even more pressure.

"The community needs our help now more than ever," he said.