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New Bid to Connect with Homeless

Last edited 29th April 2018

New Bid to Connect with Homeless

Called Connections Week, the initiative is part of the Adelaide Zero Project, aimed at achieving “zero homelessness” in Adelaide by 2020.

It involves 20 outreach teams going out on two nights and one morning from May 14-16 to confirm the names of all men and women sleeping rough in Adelaide’s CBD and North Adelaide.

Each team of four people, including a Hutt St Centre staff member, will be allocated a city zone and collect basic information as well as completing a vulnerability assessment which looks at the person’s access to housing, length of time spent sleeping rough, physical and mental health and other risk factors. Emergency departments and the city watchhouse will be included in the survey.

More than 30 organisations have committed to the Adelaide Zero Project which is based on a highly successful approach being rolled out across the United States. The project aims to achieve the goal of “functional zero street homelessness”, which means the number of homeless people in the city on any given night is no greater than housing placement availability.

Practical support such as determining what services the rough sleepers could be connected with would be provided during Connections Week.

The initiative comes at a time when there has been media coverage of anti-social behaviour in the Hutt Street precinct.

South Australia Police have stated there is no evidence of an increase in crime in the area. Recently a group of long term Hutt Street traders described the area as safe and friendly in a video, “HuttStHugSt”, aimed at restoring confidence.

Adelaide Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall said Hutt St Centre provided a vital service to the community and its care for the most vulnerable people was central to the mission of the Church.

“A sign of the strength of our community is the way we treat our brothers and sisters who are facing hardship and need our support,” Fr Marshall said.

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