Food and shelter

Food

WA has a number of places where you can get a free meal. These include:

Morning meals

Salvation Army Soup Van
The Salvation Army’s soup van is out every day.  You can find them at the following locations:

  • Ozone Reserve, Langley Park at 8.00 am
  • Wellington Square, Hill Street, East Perth at 8:30 am

Tranby Day Centre
Telephone: (08) 9220 1200
Address: Unit 6/5 Aberdeen St, East Perth

Tranby is open from Monday to Friday from 7.00 am–12.00 pm.

Every Morning there is breakfast available.
Sandwiches, Tea and Coffee are available till 12.00 pm.

Passages Resource Centre
Telephone: (08) 9228 1478
Address: 22 Palmerston Street, Northbridge (under 25 years)

Breakfast Monday to Thursday from 9.00 am–10:30 am

Midday meals

Passages Resource Centre
Telephone: (08) 9228 1478
22 Palmerston Street, Northbridge (under 25 years)

BBQ Friday from 11.00 am–1.00 pm
Healthy Cooking Tuesday 1.00 pm–3.00 pm

Laundry/Shower facilities/Free Internet

Govindas Hare Krishna Food For Life
Telephone: (08) 9227 1684
Address: 194 William Street, Northbridge

All you can eat vegetarian meals for $12 ($8 take away) with concession.
Open Monday to Friday from 11:30 am–2:30 pm

H.O.P.E.
Telephone: (08) 9427 5013
Corner Aberdeen and Beaufort Street, Northbridge

Monthly BBQ lunch on the first or second of the month.

Annalakshmi
Telephone: 9221 3003
Address: Barrack Square

Monday to Sunday from 12.00 pm–2.00 pm
Eat as much as you like, pay as much as you feel.

Manna Industries
Telephone: 1300 626 624
Address: Weld Square corner Beaufort and Newcastle Street

Sunday to Friday at 1:30 pm

Evening meals

Govindas Hare Krishna Food For Life
Telephone: 9227 1684
Address: 194 William Street, Northbridge

Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm–7.30 pm

St Albans Anglican Church
Telephone: (08) 9279 4453
Address: 423 Beaufort Street, Highgate

Free soup and bread.  Saturday from 5:30 pm –7.00 pm

Annalakshmi
Telephone: 9221 3003
Address: Barrack Square

Monday to Sunday from 6.00 pm–9.00 pm
Eat as much as you like, pay as much as you feel.

Aflame Community Church
Telephone: (08) 9221 1335
Address: 5 Aberdeen Street, East Perth

Monday to Friday from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Red Cross Soup Patrol
Telephone (08) 9225 8888

Free soup and bread every evening.
Locations Monday to Sunday:

Perth
Wellington Street, near left car park at YHA Backpackers at 6:30 pm
Red Cross Headquarters 110 Goderich Street, East Perth at 6:45 pm

Fremantle
Pioneer Park at the corner of Market and Phillimore Streets, opposite the train station at 6:30 pm
Fremantle Park on Ellen Street, opposite Christian Brothers College at 6:45 pm
100 Hampton Road at 7.00 pm

Healthy eating on a budget provides advice about the amount and kinds of food that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. Simple, tasty recipes available to download.

Housing and accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are many options and supports available to help you find the right home to suit your needs.

You may prefer to share a house or live on your own. If you’re moving to a new area you might want to find something short term while you get to know your new surroundings and decide where you would like to live long term.

Many places have conditions you must agree to if you want to live there, and you may be required to disclose that you have been released from prison.

Your best chance of finding something to suit you is to start planning well before your release.

Emergency housing 

Centrecare Helpline
Offers housing and outreach services for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, or who have issues impacting their housing.
Telephone: +61 8 9325 6644 (24 hours)

Entrypoint
Provides information and referral to crisis accommodation and housing support services.
Telephone (Metro): (08) 6496 0001
Telephone (Country): 1800 124 684

Homeless Advisory Service
Provides information and referral to crisis accommodation and housing support services.
Telephone (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm): 1800 065 892
Telephone (After hours): 9223 1111

Public housing
Affordable housing to rent or buy that is subsidised by the Government.
Use the Housing Office Finder​ to locate your nearest metro or regional branch to learn more.

Foundation Housing - Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Provides long term housing for singles, couples and families on low incomes.
Also provides lodging house accommodation for single people 24 years old in areas including Northbridge, East Perth, Mt Lawley, Subiaco, Bassendean Fremantle and Broome. 
Telephone: (08) 9422 0700

Foyer (Oxford)
Provides fully self-contained accommodation, for young people aged 16 – 25, along with young parents and their children. Programs available to support training, education and employment.
Telephone (All areas):  1800 185 685

The Beacon
Offers accommodation, case management and a range of other services for men, single women and couples who receive Centrelink payments.
Telephone: (08) 9492 7100

Assisted Rental Pathway Program
Offers transitioning housing and support to people with intellectual disabilities who are re-entering the community from prison.
Assistance with short and long time accommodation if currently working on one of Outcare's programmes such as:

Telephone: (08) 6263 8622

Uniting Care West
Medium-term accommodation for substance free individuals
Telephone: 1300 663 298

My Community
Search the My Community Directory to find services offered by your local council.

Red Cross Homelessness Services
Private tenancy support and homelessness accommodation support services
Telephone: 1800 733 276 (1800 RED CROSS)
Email: contactus@redcross.org.au

Activ Pathways
Supported accommodation, employment and education and training for people living with intellectual disability to assist in their transition towards independence.
NDIS Provider: https://www.activ.asn.au/ndis/
Telephone: (08) 9387 0555
Address: 327 Cambridge Street, WEMBLEY  WA  6014 Australia
For details on other locations refer to Activ's Locations

Aboriginal Hostels

Temporary accommodation

Metropolitan:
Perth:  (08) 9325 6770
Maylands: (08) 6109 2020
South Guildford:  (08) 6109 2030

Country:
Broome:  (08) 6109 2010
Derby: (08) 6109 2050
Kalgoorlie:  (08) 6109 2040

Coolabaroo housing
Emergency housing in the Gosnells area
Telephone: (08) 9490 4333

Department of Communities
Housing officers manage the housing in remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, Mid-West/Gascoyne and Halls Creek.
Telephone (Metro): (08) 9222 4666
Telephone (Country): 1800 093 325

Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation
This service provides short term accommodation and support for Aboriginal people and their families who travel to Derby from remote communities, mostly for culture and health reasons.
Email: BASSA@mercycare.com.au
Telephone: (08) 6228 1570

Broome Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation 
This service provides short term accommodation and support for Aboriginal people and their families who travel to Broome from remote communities, mostly for culture and health reasons.
Email: BASSA@mercycare.com.au
Telephone: (08) 6151 1970

Private Rental Aboriginal Assistance Loan 
Provides financial assistance in private rental accommodation for those at risk of eviction due to rent arrears. 

Community Housing is a term used to describe rental housing that is affordable for people and households on low to moderate incomes. Community Housing tenants may be able to access Commonwealth Rental Assistance which is not available to Public Housing tenants.

Find your nearest provider

You can find private rental properties on websites such as Gumtree, realestate or domain or by getting in touch with your local real estate agent.

Private rental properties can include a house, flat or caravan park.

There are upfront costs with private rentals. Before you move in you will have to pay rent in advance and a bond. You will get the bond back when you leave the property in the same condition as you found it.

Sharing a house with others is the cheapest way to rent and if you live further from the centre of town properties are usually cheaper. Access to public transport will make working and moving around easier


Last updated: 10-Mar-2021

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