Housing and Homelessness

COVID 19: Ruah’s services are still operating and the Ruah Centre is open. Our community teams are limiting home visits but are all available by phone and email. If home visits are necessary, the teams abide by social distancing measures as determined by the State Government. We will also ask you some health screening questions before we visit.

The Ruah Centre has new operating hours from 8.30am – 2pm Monday to Friday, closed on public holidays.  To access our services follow the steps below.

Ruah Community Services is committed to ending homelessness. Our housing and homelessness services are free to access and funded by generous contributions from our supporters, as well as State and Federal Governments. To ensure you receive the best support that works for you, our services are personalised and flexible. We walk alongside you to achieve your goals and improve your quality of life.


Are you homeless?

  • If you are newly homeless phone Entrypoint on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684.
  • If you are experiencing ongoing homelessness come to the Ruah Centre (no appointments needed) 33 Shenton Street Northbridge (Blue Cat Line)

Are you having trouble with your tenancy or at risk of homelessness?

  • If you are in a private rental or would like to find a private rental in the South East metropolitan area, contact our South East Tenancy team. Dial 13 78 24 and we can put you through to them.

50 Lives 50 Homes

Ruah is the lead agency of the 50 Lives 50 Homes program, WA’S first Housing First initiative –focusing on providing housing for the most vulnerable rough sleepers and supporting them with key wrap around support to reduce their risk of returning to homelessness.
Collaboration is a core component of the 50 Lives 50 Homes program with more than 30 participating organisations spanning the community, housing, health and justice sectors working together to support the State’s rough sleepers – all with a shared goal of ending homelessness in Western Australia.
Since launching in 2015 with an initial target of providing 50 homes to 50 people, the program has:

• Provided homes to 237 people across 186 properties
• Achieved a total tenancy retention rate of 81.5% representing 88,000 days of permanent accommodation provided since the program commenced
• Supported 176 clients with wrap-around support through the After-Hours Support Service (AHSS)
The above results have been published in the 50 Lives 50 Homes Third Evaluation Report compiled by the Centre for Social Impact and School of Population and Growth from The University of Western Australia.

Download the report
Download the snapshot

50 Lives 50 Homes partner organisations
55 Central# | Access Housing*#| AnglicareWA*# | Bethanie# | Centrecare# | Community Housing Ltd*# | Cyrenian House*#| Department of Communities*# | Department of Justice# | Department of Human Services# | Fiona Stanley Hospital# | First Nations Homelessness Project# | Foundation Housing*# | Homeless Healthcare*# | Homeless Outreach Dual Diagnosis Service# | Links Youth Mental Health Support Program# | Mental Health Homeless Pathways Project# | MercyCare# | Mission Australia*# | Mobile Clinical Outreach Team# | Noongar Mia Mia# | Nyoongar Outreach*# | Outcare# | Perth Inner City Youth Service*# | Royal Perth Hospital*# | Rise Network# | Ruah Community Services*# | Salvation Army*# | Sisters of St John of God* | St Bartholomew’s House*# | St Patrick’s Community Support Service*# | St Vincent de Paul Society WA*# | Tenancy WA# | UnitingCare West*# | WA Alliance to End Homelessness* | WA Police Force* | WA Primary Health Alliance* | Wungening Aboriginal Corporation*#

#Member of Working Group * Member of Steering Group

After Hours Support Service

Providing wrap around support to our 50 Lives 50 Homes clients, this team ensures that you have access to critical support services after normal business hours.

Ruah Centre

The Ruah Centre is a planned response service where you can work one on one with us to make changes in your life. This includes getting help with:

  • Getting an ID
  • Applying for housing
  • Accessing alcohol and other drug services
  • Accessing mental health services
  • Information, advocacy and referrals

You can also access co-located services such as counselling, the Mental Health Law Centre, Centrelink and NDIS.

The Ruah Centre is located at 33 Shenton Street, Northbridge. It’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2.00pm, closed on Public Holidays.

Crisis support and basic services including showers, food and internet access are available every day at the Tranby Centre, 5 Aberdeen Street, East Perth.


South-East Tenancy

Ruah South-East Tenancy assists you and your family to maintain private rental tenancies. This program is for individuals and families in the south-east metropolitan corridor of Perth.

Street to Home Program

Ruah’s Street to Home Program can assist you to access stable housing, and address issues to achieve positive, long term outcomes, and an improved quality of life.


We are very grateful for your donation.
We could not function without the generosity, commitment and goodwill of the WA community.

Get in Touch

13 RUAH(13 7824)