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

Local Communities

  • + - The Adelaide Zero Project

    The Adelaide Zero Project is a coalition of homelessness, housing, health, government, university, corporate and community Partners working collaboratively to end rough sleeping in the inner-city of Adelaide using a Collective Impact approach.

    Adelaide was the first Australian city to become a Vanguard City through the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH). As a Vanguard City, Adelaide is one of a select number of cities leading the way worldwide to end rough sleeping.

    Since entering into the Implementation Phase in February 2018, the Adelaide Zero Project has achieved many significant milestones. Connections Weeks in 2018 and 2019 gave us a comprehensive understanding of the names and needs of everyone sleeping rough in Adelaide’s inner-city. A shared By-Name List was established, which services continue to use daily to co-ordinate housing and support based on individual needs.

    Adelaide Zero Project recognises there are many forms and locations of homelessness. However, Phases One, Two and Three of the Project focus only on people who are sleeping rough in the Adelaide inner-city. By targeting efforts in a defined area with an identifiable group of people, Adelaide Zero Project can test the Functional Zero model before applying the learnings to the broader homelessness system. As such, the current scope of Adelaide Zero Project focuses on:

    • the City of Adelaide Council region known as the inner-city, including the parklands and the suburb of North Adelaide
    • people in the inner-city who report they are either planning to sleep rough on the night of being interviewed, or have slept rough in the inner-city during the previous two weeks
    • homelessness, health and support organisations delivering services in the Adelaide inner-city
    • social housing providers across the Adelaide metropolitan area.

    Since February 2018, Adelaide Zero Project has:

    • released an Adelaide Zero Project Research Report outlining how the Functional Zero model can be localised to meet Adelaide's needs as identified in Phase One
    • held two Connections Weeks in May 2018 and 2019 during which volunteers and sector workers connected with people sleeping rough in the inner-city
    • established a shared By-Name List with the names and needs of each person sleeping rough in the inner-city, which allows us to co-ordinate appropriate housing and support
    • been the first city outside of North America to achieve the 29 data quality standards required to meet Community Solutions’ certification of our By-Name List
    • established an Inner-City Community of Practice to prioritise and co-ordinate secure housing, with an average of 22 people housed from the By-Name List every month as of 30 June 2020
    • launched Australia’s first public dashboard to track and display progress towards our goal of Functional Zero rough sleeping in the inner-city
    • opened additional temporary, lower barrier accommodation for couples and people with pets to access co-ordinated support and long-term accommodation options
    • established and evolved a collective governance structure, securing significant buy-in from the state and local government, as well as the community, universities and business sectors
    • hosted Dame Louise Casey and Dr Nonie Brennan from the Institute of Global Homelessness for support and review visits.
  • + - 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.

  • + - Port Phillip Zero Project

    Homelessness is a shared challenge. Working together, we can achieve more than each working alone.

    Recognising this, we have partnered with a number of local agencies and services to create Port Phillip Zero.

    How did Port Phillip Zero begin?
    This partnership was initiated in September 2017 when the CEOs of local government, health and social service organisations came together to identify opportunities to reduce rough sleeping in the City of Port Phillip.

    Port Phillip Zero aims to achieve this though collective impact, providing support and appropriate, secure, affordable long-term housing to all individuals who are sleeping without housing in our patch.

    What does this mean?
    Rough sleeping homelessness is not a problem that any one council, program or organisation can solve on its own. Port Phillip Zero is a collaborative, community-wide approach that brings health and homelessness organisations, state government, police, housing providers, lived experience experts, businesses, philanthropy and residents together to identify opportunities and take collective action to create new housing and reduce rough sleeping.

    The organisations involved in Port Phillip Zero are creating a roadmap that will inform a coordinated scope of activities, programs and services to reduce rough sleeping in our City.

    What are some of the coordinated actions Port Phillip Zero has planned?

    • Outreach to individuals who are sleeping rough.
    • Targeted response to rough sleeping ‘hotspots’ in our municipality, bringing people together to create a shared response to amenity issues.
    • Supporting individuals who are sleeping rough through service coordination meetings, bringing people from a range of agencies together to ensure the best possible response and support for individuals who are sleeping rough.
    • Creation and maintenance of the By-Name List, our tool for accurate and reliable data that allows us to know by name who is sleeping rough in our municipality, so we can provide the best possible support and housing to them.

    Which organisations make up Port Phillip Zero?

    • City of Port Phillip
    • St Kilda Police
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Alfred Health
    • Launch Housing
    • Sacred Heart Mission
    • Salvation Army
    • Star Health
    • Housing First
    • St Kilda Community Housing
    • Wellways
    • Justice Connect
    • First Step
    • Wintringham
    • Ngwala

    What does collective impact mean?
    Collective impact is where a range of groups from different sectors agree to co-operate and work together to solve a common and complex problem. The Collective Impact Forum describes four key features of collective impact programs:

    • a common agenda
    • shared measurement
    • mutually reinforcing activities
    • continuous communication.

    What is a functional zero model?
    Functional zero rough-sleeping in the City is where the number of people who enter rough sleeping each fortnight is no greater than the number of people who are housed and supported each fortnight.

    How will you measure homelessness?
    An important component of Port Phillip Zero is the By Name List, which allows us to know the number of people rough sleeping in ‘real time’. The list is updated fortnightly and means that we can identify and work with all people who are rough sleeping in the City at a given point in time. It is a shared measurement tool that monitors service delivery, tracks trends and outcomes, identify system barriers, allocates responsibility for finding solutions for people, and informs system improvements.

    How can I help?
    You can help by letting us know if you come across someone who is sleeping rough, this will enable us to follow up with them on outreach to offer care and support. Let us know by calling ASSIST 03 9209 6777.