20 January 2012
Council unanimously resolved in December to continue support of the Woolloomooloo 90 Homes for 90 Lives (Project 90/90), including investigating funding, access to staff and research, and finding suitable property for development for housing.
Woolloomooloo has the highest density of homelessness in the City of Sydney. The City’s August 2009 Street Count found almost 400 people sleeping rough in our local government area; approximately 90 of those rough sleepers (or 22.5%) were located in and around Woolloomooloo.
Through considerable work and coordination, these appalling high numbers are dropping.
In March 2010 the City’s Homelessness Unit began the collaborative Project 90/90 with non-government, corporate and philanthropic partners, including UBS, United Way, Neami and the Freehills Foundation, dedicated to ending rough sleeping in Woolloomooloo. This involves a series of initiatives to increase opportunities for people to move into independent supported housing.
The latest numbers from the City’s August 2011 Street Count show approximately 45 people sleeping rough in Woolloomooloo, a reduction of 50% since the Project’s inception in March 2010.
Way2Home, the assertive outreach service funded by the City and Housing New South Wales and one of the 90/90 partners, has now assisted 55 rough sleepers from the Woolloomooloo area to enter long term supportive housing since April 2010, all of whom are still housed.
Platform 70, a new initiative of the NSW government in partnership with Bridge Housing, will give another 70 rough sleepers from Woolloomooloo, supported by Way2Home, the chance to live in a home of their own.
These projects are the most significant action on homelessness in decades and the City of Sydney will continue to work with the other partners of Project 90/90 and the NSW Government to ensure that all who are living on the streets in Woolloomooloo are able to access a home of their own.