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Reducing homelessness

Reduce street homelessness across NSW by 50% by 2025. 

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Why is this important?

Having a stable home is still out of reach for too many people. 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.  

We are working towards zero street homelessness and have signed an agreement with the Institute of Global Homelessness, along with other partners, to halve the number of people sleeping rough across NSW by 2025. 

This Premier’s Priority means helping people experiencing street homelessness find secure and stable housing. This would place them in the best position to improve their health and wellbeing, and their educational and economic outcomes. 

How are we tracking?

The most recent available data (2016 Census) reveals that 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. 

The 2021 Census will provide the next official data update, but there are positive signs of progress. The City of Sydney does a biannual count of people sleeping rough. The February 2020 street count revealed a 23% reduction in street homelessness compared with February 2017. Work is also underway to collect additional data across NSW via an annual street count, providing important information on trends across the state. 

We are closely monitoring the available data around this Priority due to concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic and recession could lead to heightened risk factors for homelessness. 

Download the Reducing homelessness data information sheet (PDF, 141.31 KB)


What are we doing? 

We are committed to reducing street homelessness by focusing on initiatives to: 

  • collect and use better data, to ensure we deliver the right support to where it is needed and can track our progress 
  • engage more directly and frequently with people who are experiencing street homelessness and ensure they have a pathway to secure, stable and long-term housing 
  • provide housing with wraparound supports to help people sustain tenancies, including through the Together Home project 
  • build on and invest in prevention and early intervention, to curb new entrances into street homelessness.  

The Premier’s Priority on Reducing Homelessness builds on the Act to End Street Sleeping (Vanguard Agreement). The NSW Government signed the Vanguard Agreement in February 2019, together with the City of Sydney, Institute of Global Homelessness and 7 non-government organisation partners, who will work together to support work under the agreement.  

We are committed to working with our partners and the wider homelessness sector to deliver on our Premier’s Priority target. This commitment builds on work already underway to break the cycle of homelessness.  

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What can you do?  

Find a lead specialist homelessness service provider near you:

Do you own property and want to help? 

If you are a real estate agent or landlord, you can help by partnering with local Specialist  Homelessness Services (SHS) to provide long-term accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. 

Do you need help?

If you, or anyone you know, are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, the following resources can assist.

Temporary accommodation 

Link2home is available statewide, 24/7. Specialist staff will provide tailored, individual solutions, including temporary accommodation and connections with support services. Call Link2home on 1800 152 152

Homelessness support 

If you are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or you need to find services on behalf of someone else, you can use Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy is a search tool to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find shelter, food, health and other critical support services. 

You can also contact your nearest social housing provider for housing advice and assistance. 

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