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Street count

Registrations are now closed

The City of Sydney's Homelessness Unit will coordinate the next street count of rough sleepers on Tuesday 11 February 2014.

We would like to thank the people who have volunteered to help us with the street count.

We have reached capacity for the number of volunteers needed.

A key part of addressing homelessness

Street counts aim to collect accurate and up-to-date information about the number of people sleeping rough in the local area. People occupying beds in temporary shelters and homelessness hostels are also counted.

People living in boarding houses, staying with friends or living in other forms of non-secure housing are not counted. No information regarding the specific location of rough sleepers is published.

Two street counts take place in February and August every year, between the hours of 1am and 3am. Each count relies on the goodwill and participation of more than 150 volunteers.

The City of Sydney actively seeks the advice of people who are currently homeless or have experienced homelessness in the past. To date the City has worked with 50 different individuals with lived experience of homelessness to advise and assist us in the implementation of  multiple street counts.

Street counts assist the City’s homelessness unit to develop responses to homelessness according to need. Results are regularly used to advocate to state and federal governments, along with potential partners, for the resources necessary to achieve enduring solutions to homelessness.

A key part of the City’s homelessness strategy, the street counts also help to monitor the progress of the City and its partners in reducing the numbers of people experiencing homelessness in the local area.

Counting the numbers of people experiencing primary homelessness is only 1 method of collecting data but it is an important one.

One of the goals outlined in the state government’s homelessness action plan, released in 2009, is to reduce the number of rough sleepers by 25% by 2013. The City is committed to working with government and community partners to reach this goal in the local area.

Volunteer registrations open about 6 weeks prior to the count. Please contact the City’s homelessness unit for more information.

The results of recent street counts are available in the table below. The street count volunteer manual is also available to download below.

Contacts

Katie Phillips
Homelessness Project Coordinator02 9265 9667

Street counts

We do bi-annual counts of rough sleepers to gauge our progress towards reducing homelessness in the City of Sydney. This table shows results of recent counts, which covered about two-thirds of the local area. Approximately 180 volunteers, including 18 advisors, participated in each street count.

Feb 2009 Aug 2009 Feb 2010 Aug 2010 Feb 2011 Aug 2011 Feb 2012 Aug 2012 Feb 2013 Aug 2013 Feb 2014
Rough sleepers/overnight shelters 340 399 418 289 363 307 310

246

274

255

346

Occupied hostel beds 424 438 470 541 477 448 451

456

463 

471 446
Total 764 837 888 830 840 755 761

702

737

726 792

Last updated: Monday, 10 March 2014