50 Lives 50 Homes
As the lead agency in the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign, Ruah brings together a raft of services and sector partners in a coordinated campaign which has housed hundreds of Perth’s most vulnerable rough sleepers. The program provides holistic support to help participants find and maintain stable accommodation and to address other financial, legal, medical and social challenges.
The dynamic program coordinates housing agencies, health providers, mental health and community services, to identify vulnerable people, match them to appropriate housing. Round-the-clock support is available, through the After Hours Support Service, to reduce their risk of returning to homelessness.
The project demonstrates the effectiveness of Ruah’s commitment to ‘Housing First’ – an internationally evidenced model that uses a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness. The model aims to quickly move people into independent and permanent housing and then providing supports and services as they are needed.
On average, most participants had been without homes for more than five years. The concept has shown outstanding results, with significant reductions in hospital admissions, a 45% reduction in re-offending and an 80% reduction in drug offences.
The program was awarded the Mercy Foundation Cath O’Leary Social Justice Award in 2018.
Funding support is provided by the Sisters of St John of God and the project is independently evaluated by University of WA researchers. Read the evaluation reports. You can also visit the project on Facebook.
Please note: individuals cannot refer themselves to the 50 Lives 50 Homes program. If you think you may be eligible, speak to your support worker or drop in to the Ruah Centre. If you are a mental health or homeless service in Perth and wish to participate please email [email protected] for further information.
Thank you to our partner agencies
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 | 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
20 Lives 20 Homes
Based on the success of 50 Lives 50 Homes, Ruah has extended the program to house and support 20 of the most vulnerable street-present homeless people in Fremantle. The project is a collaboration between Ruah, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, Foundation Housing and the Department of Communities, with generous support from a number of private sector organisations.