This year, we engaged specialist refurbishment company SHAPE for a total refurbishment of Tranby, thanks to a $1.7m grant from Lotterywest. The improved design – by interior designers MKDC – includes greater capacity for visiting services, improved shower and laundry facilities, a commercial kitchen, training and social enterprise facilities, and a space that is more respectful and welcoming – both inside and out.
The space opened May 2021 and has allowed greater flexibility to work with people experiencing homelessness in a respectful and dignified way, allowing an increase in visiting specialist services that will lead to improved outcomes.
The layout allows for multiple activities to happen simultaneously as well as having a strong focus on keeping everyone safe.
Street to Home
The Uniting Street to Home outreach team connects and builds trust with people who are sleeping rough in the City of Perth and the City of Vincent.
The team supports people to access immediate accommodation and work with them to secure stable, long-term accommodation.
During the early response to COVID-19, the Street to Home team were deployed to locate and accommodate people who were sleeping rough in the greater Perth area as part of the Beds for Change initiative.
Beds for Change
The Beds for Change initiative was developed to provide accommodation and wrap around support to people sleeping rough in the greater Perth area during the early response to COVID.
The program received 258 referrals during 12 months of operation, and provided accommodation and support to 126 people.
Jack* was one of the first people to join the Beds for Change program in August 2020.
As a New Zealand resident who wasn’t entitled to Centrelink benefits, Jack found himself sleeping rough and struggling without any financial, emotional or practical support. He expressed his gratitude for having a safe place to sleep, emotional support and material resources, which enabled him to focus on his next, most important goal, finding a job.
Jack was supported to update his resume, cover letter and complete job applications.
He was also provided with wrap-around support including emotional support and referrals to other services when needed.
Jack was motivated and consistent in his search for a job, waking up early, using all available resources and leaving the hostel to explore different employment options on a daily basis. After a few weeks, Jack found a job working on farms in rural areas which involved being away for a few days at a time. He returned to the Hostel on his days off, catching up with Uniting team members to discuss the next goal on his list, long-term accommodation. A few weeks later, a private rental was secured and Jack moved into his own granny flat in October 2020.