Thanks team for your support for the City of Sydney Homeless Street Count. Twice a year, hundreds of volunteers gather at midnight to go out and do a census on those who sleep rough on the streets of Sydney. Even when you think you know something about homelessness, being a part of this count brings home the impact of sleeping rough on fellow humans.
Unfortunately the count found 373 people sleeping rough in the early hours of Tuesday, February 19, 44 more than the 329 people counted in the same month last year. The count found crisis and temporary accommodation beds to be at more than 86 per cent occupancy.
The recent commitment to rough sleeping targets by the NSW Government & the City of Sydney is a good first step towards eliminating homelessness. The agreements aims to halve homelessness by 2025 in NSW and reduce rough sleeping by 25% in the City of Sydney by 2020.