The 2019 winter street count found 254 people sleeping rough in Sydney, a decrease of 24 people compared to the count in August last year. Occupation of temporary or crisis accommodation rose by 16.8 per cent to 592 people - 94 per cent of available bed capacity.
While it is great to see the amount of rough sleepers has reduced and that people are accessing the NSW Government's assertive outreach programs, there is still more work to be done. Thankfully, with Minister Gareth Ward MP leading Family and Community Services NSW the Government will continue to take action.The NSW Government recently announced the expansion of assertive outreach to Tweed Heads and Newcastle and the extension of the street count to regional areas to gain a deeper understanding of the resources required at a larger scale.
The City of Sydney Homelessness unit, in collaboration with NGO's and FACS, do a fantastic job in delivering services to vulnerable members of society and we need to keep supporting and resourcing these organisations to tackle the highly complex issue of homelessness.