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City of Perth and Perth MP John Carey reveal more details about homelessness ‘hub’ based at Moore Street

The City of Perth has revealed more details about its proposed fix to the homelessness crisis gripping the CBD.

The answer, it says, is a one-stop-shop for the homeless.

Perth MP John Carey says the solution will group mobile homelessness providers in the one location on Moore Street, rather than the ad-hoc approach of having them based “all over the city”.

“Clearly that’s not working,” he said.

The City is pumping more than $140,000 into the new site on Moore Street, behind Royal Perth Hospital — and paying for extra security, lighting, cleaning crews and CCTV.

“It is away from business, it is away from residents, we’re not going to get those kind of conflicts,” Mr Carey said.

But the city’s plan only applies to mobile services like food vans.

Businesses in other areas where the homeless gather to access existing services say it won’t put an end to the anti-social behaviour that’s ruining their livelihoods.

“No one wants to have homelessness near them,” Mr Carey said.

“No one wants services near them.

“We’re trying to be pragmatic. We’re taking a compassionate but firm approach.”

The trial launches in January and will run for 12 months.

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