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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 245

Question No. 154

Dr Charlesworth asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 17 May 1983:

(1) Is the Government committed to the funding of the Jesus People Inc. in Perth.

(2) How will future levels of assistance be afforded to the Jesus People.

(3) Which other organisations concerned with homeless youth in the Electoral Division of Perth are receiving government assistance and what is the level of assistance given.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) and (2) The Jesus People Inc. received a capital grant in 1981-82 under the Homeless Persons Assistance Program and receives recurrent subsidies under this program in connection with the operation of a homeless persons centre. Any future applications for grants from the organisation will be assessed in relation to other organisations' applications and will be accorded a relevant priority for funding bearing in mind competing needs and the availability of funds.

(3) Youthcare (Centrecare Inc.) operates three centres in Wembley, East Perth and North Perth. The organisation has received an equipment grant of $202 and is currently receiving the following subsidies in respect of these centres:

(a) food/accommodation and meals subsidy of approximately $450 per month

(b) rental subsidy of $563.32 per month

(c) salary subsidy of $368.33 per month