Brisbane city during 50 Lives 50 Homes registry week in June 2010. Photography: Patrick Hamilton.

Local Communities

  • + - The Adelaide Zero Project

    The Don Dunstan Foundation has a proud history of engaging with homelessness issues. We think that Adelaide shouldn’t be seeking just to respond to street homelessness but to end it, as other cities across the globe are doing through the Functional Zero approach.

    At its core, the Functional Zero approach is about knowing every person sleeping rough by name and coordinating local resources to quickly meet their needs. It’s about using real-time data to track progress and to understand what strategies are working to drive down the number of people sleeping rough on our streets and ensure all people sleeping rough who want a place to call home have one.

    The Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard tracks our progress towards achieving and sustaining Functional Zero street homelessness in the inner city. This data will initially be updated monthly, but is intended to be updated in as close to real time as possible.

    In Connections Week (May 2018), 200 trained volunteers identified 143 people who were sleeping rough in the City of Adelaide. This information was used to create a By-Name List to help inner city homelessness services to know the names and needs of those sleeping rough.

    As the Adelaide Zero Project progresses and more data is collected, the dashboard will display more data points to track our progress towards Functional Zero.

    Homelessness is a dynamic issue and situations can change daily for people who are experiencing this. Functional Zero is a dynamic measure of this complex issue. As the Adelaide Zero Project progresses and our homelessness system improves, we expect these numbers to rise and fall until the system successfully sustains Functional Zero street homelessness.

    The Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard is a collective effort of over 36 organisations. Connections Week was led by Hutt St Centre and the By-Name List establishment has been led by Neami National. The dashboard has been made possible thanks to the support of the Broadley Trust.

  • + - Brisbane

    Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness (BAEH) is an alliance of organisations committed to the vision of ending homelessness in Brisbane.

    The alliance formed following the successful conclusion of the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign, which saw a coalition of over 30 government and non-government agencies in Brisbane successfully house 580 individual and family households over a period of three years. The coalition applied internationally recognised, evidence-based Housing First Principles to achieve and then exceed their goal.

    The success of the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign demonstrated that homelessness is not inevitable, Housing First principles work in the Brisbane environment, and there is great power in organisations working together to deliver a coordinated approach to ending homelessness.

    The Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness seeks to leverage the knowledge, skills, networks and progress made in this campaign.

    The partners in the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign developed the Housing First Roadmap, a toolkit for breaking the cycle of Brisbane’s housing, homelessness and mental health challenges. The Roadmap addresses systemic causes of homelessness, while also recognising the value and necessity of reducing homelessness one person, one family at a time.

    In keeping with the Housing First Roadmap, our tactics for ending homelessness in Brisbane are to:

    • know by name who is experiencing homelessness, their circumstances and what they need
    • implement a system where people who are experiencing homelessness can access well-connected housing, health and social services, commonly known as a coordinated entry system
    • line up housing supply that is affordable, safe and suitable to the needs of individuals and families
    • provide support and connection to community to move people into housing and keep them housed
    • integrate healthcare where appropriate
    • work with the justice system in breaking the cycle of homelessness
    • create housing pathways and strategies for women and children who have experienced violence.

    BAEH have a shared commitment to work with the Queensland Government’s Commitment to Reduce Homelessness in Queensland through the Housing Strategy.

    The Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness will work with the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) to measure our progress.

    Current members of BAEH include:

  • + - Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains

    Wentworth’s Registry Week took place in November 2016 over three local government areas: Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains.

    Registry Week covered bushland, semi-rural and suburban settings. Seventy-five volunteers were attracted to cover the large geographic area and 91 respondents were interviewed, out of which 79 individual and 12 family interviews were completed. To date, 36 people have found accommodation.

    Registry Week was part of a wider project called Heading Home – Ending Homelessness Here. The project aimed to not only identify and provide housing and support to the most vulnerable people in the community experiencing homelessness but to also shift community focus from simply managing homelessness to ending it. The project also embraced a new way of working within the district by bringing government, non government and the corporate sector together to address homelessness.

    Stage two of the project aims to increase the supply of and access to affordable and supportive housing. Heading Home is currently working on initiatives such as developing a Tiny Homes pilot and a scheme aimed at encouraging investment in garden flats to rent to people experiencing homelessness.

    For more information visit Wentworth Community Housing.

  • + - WA Alliance to End Homelessness

    On any given night 600 people regularly sleep rough in the Perth metro and 9,000 people experience homelessness throughout Western Australia. Together we can change this.

    Many will be sleeping rough; others will be in their cars or relying on the goodwill of family and friends for a couch or spare bed. For others the place they sleep will come at a high price or will not be safe.

    Homelessness could easily happen to you, your sister, your uncle or your grandmother. It might be a series of small events that slowly lead to homelessness. It may reflect violence and neglect in the family home that acts as an immediate trigger for a long history of homelessness. It could equally be one single stroke of fate—a lost job, family problems, a car accident or ill health—which combined with low income and high rents that leads to homelessness.

    What is common is that no one ever thinks it will happen to them.

    We live in a State that is rich in resources and talent. We have everything we need to address homelessness. In fact our capacity for richness and talent is made less because we have not ended homelessness.

    The fact is that it costs us more, on average, to leave someone homeless than to house and support them.

    As a group of committed CEO’S, executives and community leaders we have come together to say enough! We don’t think managing homelessness is the right way to go.

    We know that we will need the whole community to drive this forward. Across the world many communities, cities and states have committed to end homelessness and they are winning. We need to do the same here in Western Australia.

    We invite you to help develop a 10 Year Plan to end homelessness in Western Australia that we can rally behind to drive the change we want to see.

    For more information visit WA Alliance to End Homelessness.

    View the latest news on our campaign to end homelessness in Western Australia.