Our BHP partnership is changing lives

The first research results are in from our Reconnecting Lives partnership program with BHP showing that together, we are helping to end homelessness for many men, women and families in Perth.

Launched in 2018, the program’s research shows that our innovative ‘housing first’ approach is achieving an incredible 100 per cent success rate! This means that people who have been transitioned and supported into housing in the community as part of our program, have all successfully remained in their homes after six months.

“Quite often research shows that within the first three months of moving out of homelessness and into a rental property, people can lose their tenancy and spiral back into homelessness, which begins the whole cycle all over again and is known as the ‘snakes and ladders’ effect of long-term homelessness,” says St Bart’s Interim CEO, Joe Calleja. CEO.

“In contrast, this partnership with BHP is having a very real social impact, helping people into homes and supporting them to stay there, as well as increasing their community participation and providing cost savings for the West Australian community. It’s proving more successful than we could have forecast and our whole team is delighted.”

In addition, the partnership shows participants are gaining more self-reliance, increasing their quality of life and becoming active members of their community. This includes finding employment, gaining living skills and volunteering.

“Our $1 million partnership with BHP is proving hugely successful and is working towards ending the cycle of homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families in the WA community,” says Joe. “BHP stands out as a corporate leader in supporting homelessness in WA and we applaud their commitment to this significant social challenge, and to providing financial support for us to tackle homelessness head on.” 

As well as addressing issues of homelessness in Perth – which is often caused by social issues including family violence, family relationship breakdowns, financial hardship, housing stress and mental health problems – the BHP partnership is also estimated to bring home cost savings to the health system of $1.9 million over two years.