City of Port Phillip Street Count
Launch Housing conducted the first Street Count within the City of Port Phillip with 95 volunteers on 7 February to count the number of people sleeping rough. The collated information will help agencies prioritise support to the individuals assessed as most vulnerable, and target allocation of existing resources. At a system level, the data also enables services to better plan for the future.
The 2018 report shows that the overall number of 91 people sleeping rough in the municipality indicates a 28% rise from 71 counted in the 2016 ABS Census, highlighting the need for community organisations to make a collective impact to get to “functional zero”—ensuring the number of people sleeping rough in the municipality are assisted into appropriate accommodation while also preventing others from falling into homelessness. The majority (63%) were located in St Kilda/St Kilda West and there was an overall overrepresentation (20%) of Indigenous people sleeping rough.
The Street Count was conducted in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, the Victorian Government, Sacred Heart Mission and other community partners including City of Melbourne, Star Health, Alfred Health, St. Kilda Community Housing, Victoria Police, Port Phillip Housing Association, South Port Community Housing, Salvation Army Crisis Services, Ngwala Willumbong Cooperative and Prahran Mission.
Street Count FAQ
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