Why is this important?
The NSW Government is working to improve the way we prevent and respond to homelessness so that people are supported to live safer, more stable and happier lives. However, we have seen an increase in the number of people sleeping rough across NSW. This means having a safe, secure and stable home is still out of reach for far too many people. The NSW Government is working towards zero rough sleeping and has signed an agreement with Institute of Global Homelessness, along with other partners, to halve the number of people sleeping rough across NSW by 2025.
This commitment builds on work already underway to break the cycle of homelessness. The NSW Government has committed more than $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years, which includes new funding of $61 million over four years to implement the NSW Homelessness Strategy.
The Strategy includes more assertive outreach services for rough sleepers, strengthened risk assessment to address the underlying complexity behind each person’s homelessness, and more support to maintain a tenancy.
This Premier’s Priority means helping almost 1300 people sleeping rough to achieve secure and stable housing, placing them in the best position to improve their health and wellbeing, education and economic outcomes.
How are we tracking?
Homelessness is on the rise. Most recent available data (2016 Census) reveals people sleeping rough account for 7% of all homeless people in NSW. This means almost 2600 people were living on NSW’s streets in 2016.