The Adelaide Zero Project is a collaborative approach to end street homelessness in the CBD, based on a methodology that has been successfully used to end homelessness in several Northern American communities. One of the critical components to the methodology is the ability to track everyone currently experiencing homelessness by name, to determine how they enter and exit homelessness and their housing and support needs. Dr Tually has made a significant contribution to the project, working through data coverage, quality and validation issues locally as well as joining forces with a small cohort from Adelaide and North America to develop an Australian version of the data quality scorecard now being used by end homelessness campaigns nationally. The certification assesses factors such as the coverage and coordination of outreach services; policies and procedures that govern the collection and input of data; and how people can be tracked within the homelessness services system towards a permanent housing outcome. The project has had input from a coalition of more than 40 not-for-profits, government agencies, private organisations and service providers, and is coordinated by the Don Dunstan Foundation.
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I grew up in the country in South Australia and saw some of the inequity around access to services. I also saw the impact of mental illness in that region, and I think that has really driven me to work in roles that can enable people equitable access to both services and to opportunities in life. I originally studied as a social worker and after working in the youth and alcohol and other drug fields, and with some brief experience in working in with homelessness, the mental health sector was of great interest to me. If people could know one point about your work what would you like them to know? There is a strong correlation between those who are rough sleeping and experience of mental illness. The Adelaide Zero Project is part of a global movement to end homelessness. One point to know is that the Zero Project and Street to Home have a commitment to focus our work on achieving housing outcomes, moving on from an approach that only maintains and supports people while they continue rough sleeping. Getting people into stable housing and into the community is the first priority. It means a lot to be a part of this ground-breaking project that has already housed more than 40 people since May.
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This could be for many reasons including hospitalisation, moving out of Adelaide or the individual has obtained housing independently. Further work is being done to determine the number and how to better capture the people on the inactive list who have obtained housing independently of the partners in the Adelaide Zero Project. As of 30 April , data is being reported at the end of the calendar month, rather than on the 18th of each month. This graph shows the number of people known to be sleeping rough in the inner city each month. This data is from the By-Name List, which was established 18 May Connections Week and is used to track progress on the Dashboard above launched August Fewer people were approached during the Street Count in September people than in May people. Given the lower numbers of people approached to participate in the September Street Count, the apparent reduction in people sleeping rough at that time should be interpreted with caution. Additional analysis is being undertaken to clarify the number of people who are actively sleeping rough and those who are temporarily sheltered. Homelessness is a dynamic issue and situations can change daily.