We work closely with allied services to reduce its impact in Sydney.


Why we’re doing this

Homelessness is a complex issue with no single solution. Our homelessness unit works 7 days a week to reduce homelessness and its impact in Sydney.

Action areas

Working in partnership with government, non-profit organisations and the corporate sector, we aim to:

  • facilitate rough sleepers out of homelessness
  • prevent people from becoming entrenched in homelessness
  • help reduce homelessness in other regions
  • make sure people are assisted out of homelessness quickly
  • enact a compassionate and proactive approach to the management of public space.

How we’re doing this

We’re investing $6.6 million over 3 years to operate our homelessness unit, which has been operating since 1984.

We’re the only council in NSW with a dedicated homelessness service. This includes $4.2 million funding for services to reduce homelessness through Family and Community Services NSW.

We take an active role in creating opportunities for partners to work collaboratively or come together to exchange new information and learn from each other. 

Inner Sydney Registry Week 2015

From 30 November to 2 December, 516 people experiencing homelessness participated in a survey across inner Sydney.

The registry survey was conducted by our homelessness unit in partnership with The Haymarket Foundation, Neami National, Homelessness NSW and the Mercy Foundation.

The survey results are summarised in the infographic, Homelessness in Sydney. A full report on the results is available on the Homelessness NSW website.

An infographic listing homelessness statistics in Sydney Youth
Homelessness in Sydney YouthStatistics gathered from a survey involving 516 people experiencing homelessness across inner Sydney from 30 November to 2 December 2015.Image: City of Sydney


How to assist people experiencing homelessness or food insecurity

This guide provides advice on who to contact before you offer assistance to people experiencing homelessness or food insecurity.
Published 11 January 2023