Sydney gets started on ending street sleeping
In her quest to end homelessness globally, Dame Louise Casey OBE calls upon cities to ‘do something different that might work better’ and NSW has made a start at doing just that.
On 13 February 2019 politicians, policy makers and practitioners met at Parliament House where NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian announced the joint commitment between the Institute of Global Homelessness, City of Sydney, NSW Government and the sector’s leading NGOs to a collaboration and targets to end street sleeping.
The parties to the collaboration aim to:
Reduce rough sleeping in the City of Sydney by 25% by 2020 (City of Sydney’s Street Count of February 2017 – February 2020).
Reduce rough sleeping in the City of Sydney and NSW by 50% by 2025 (baseline and data collection to be established with partners by 2020)
Work toward zero rough sleeping in the City of Sydney and NSW
In her announcement, Premier Berejiklian said ‘… we cannot be complacent and by signing this agreement we are pushing ourselves to do even more... We have set this target to halve street homelessness across the entire state by 2025’.
Signatories to the agreement are:
City of Sydney
Institute of Global Homelessness
St Vincent’s de Paul
St Vincent’s Health
Sydney is the tenth city globally to commit to becoming an IGH Vanguard City. Following the advice and experience of other IGH Vanguard cities, the parties to the agreement will start working toward establishing a by-name database of rough sleepers and developing ‘up-stream’ and social housing strategies to prevent homelessness.