Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard
The Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard tracks our progress towards achieving and sustaining Functional Zero street homelessness in the inner city. This data will initially be updated monthly, but is intended to be updated in as close to real time as possible.
For information about Adelaide Zero Project’s responses to COVID-19, please click on ‘COVID-19 Update’ at the bottom of the page.
Functional Zero Data for the Current Month
|Functional Zero Data Points|
from the By-Name List
|Previous month 3, 4|| Current data5
|as of 30/04/2020||as of 31/05/2020|
|1||Returned from Housing|
|Number of people who have left the housing system for various reasons and are actively homeless again.||12||2|
|2.1||Number of people in the last month who were identified as sleeping rough for the first time.||185||37|
|3||Returned from inactive|
|Number of people seeking housing again after being inactive 2||32||3|
Number of people who are known to be currently sleeping rough in the inner city.
Number of people who were sleeping rough at the time of going on the By-Name List and have since moved into temporary shelter including COVID-19 Emergency Accommodation for Rough Sleepers Coordinated Health Response, couch-surfing, crisis, emergency & transitional accommodation or boarding houses.
|5.1||Average monthly housing placement rate|
Average number of people per month who have been housed through the Adelaide Zero Project since the first Connections Week in May 2018.
|6||Moved to Inactive2|
|Number of people who became inactive in the last month2||17||9|
|Total number of people who have been newly identified on the By-Name List since the Adelaide Zero Project began implementation, starting at Connections Week, May 2018.||793||827|
|Total number of people housed through the Adelaide Zero Project since the first Connections Week in May 2018. 1||330||365|
1‘Housed’ refers to people on the By-Name List who have been offered a housing placement.
2 The inactive figure indicates the number of people who have not been in touch with the homelessness system for 90 days. This could be for many reasons including hospitalisation, moving out of Adelaide or the individual has obtained housing independently. Further work is being done to determine the number and how to better capture the people on the inactive list who have obtained housing independently of the partners in the Adelaide Zero Project.
3 As of 30 April 2020, all data being reported at the end of the calendar month, rather than on the 18th of each month.
4 The data reported for April 2020 has been updated from what was previously reported, to include April 20 to 30. This includes all totals and cumulative figures. The April data now represents a six-week reporting period, rather than a single month.
5 Additional data analysis is being undertaken to ensure accuracy of these data points. As at 23 June 2020, these numbers are indicative only.
This graph shows the number of people known to be sleeping rough in the inner city each month. This data is from the By-Name List, which was established 18 May 2018 (Connections Week) and is used to track progress on the Dashboard above (launched August 2018).
People sleeping rough in the city from June 2007 to May 2018 (Connections Week)
The dashed vertical line (yellow) marks Adelaide’s first Connections Week and baseline data for the Adelaide Zero Project. Figures from June 2007 – September 2017 are Inner City Rough Sleeper Street Counts (Source: Housing SA). Fewer people were approached during the Street Count in September 2017 (136 people) than in May 2017 (225 people). Given the lower numbers of people approached to participate in the September 2017 Street Count, the apparent reduction in people sleeping rough at that time should be interpreted with caution. The vertical lines in May 2011 and February 2013 also reflect methodology changes to the Inner City Street Count.
COVID-19 Update, 30 April 2020
Adelaide Zero Project and its Partners have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic at all levels of the inner-city homelessness system through:
- establishing an Adelaide Zero Project COVID-19 Response Team
incorporating representatives from health, homelessness services,
emergency shelter and housing providers, and government
- using the Adelaide Zero Project By-Name List and collaborative
governance structures to quickly implement multi-agency responses
- increasing the frequency of Adelaide Zero Project’s care coordination
meetings to ensure the most vulnerable people are being supported
The SA Housing Authority has provided the COVID-19 Emergency
Accommodation for Rough Sleepers Coordinated Health Response, to
support people experiencing homelessness to maintain social distancing
measures. This means that many people on the By-Name List who were
sleeping rough in the inner city are temporarily sheltered during COVID-19.
Additional analysis is being undertaken to clarify the number of people who
are actively sleeping rough. Due to the rapid COVID-19 response, it’s
expected that there are reporting limitations in April 2020 and as a result,
there may be less people actively sleeping rough than reported.
Homelessness is a dynamic issue and situations can change daily. Despite
recent challenges in responding to COVID-19, Adelaide Zero Project
partners remain committed to achieving Functional Zero and ensuring long-
term solutions for people currently experiencing homelessness in our city.
Adelaide Zero Project’s Collective Impact approach and unique data is
already enabling better responses in these unprecedented times.
Background on Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard
The Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard tracks our progress towards achieving and sustaining Functional Zero street homelessness in the
inner city. This data will initially be updated monthly, but is intended to
be updated in as close to real time as possible.
Adelaide Zero Project aims to reach Functional Zero for people who are
- currently sleeping rough
- were sleeping rough, but are now temporarily sheltered.
Functional Zero street homelessness is achieved when the number of
people who are, or were, sleeping rough in the inner city is no greater than
the housing available in that month, and this can be consistently proven
with data. This dashboard is our way of proving that.
In Adelaide’s first Connections Week (May 2018), 200 trained volunteers
identified 143 people who were sleeping rough in the City of Adelaide. This
information was used to create a By-Name List to help inner city
homelessness services to know the names and needs of those sleeping
Homelessness is a dynamic issue and situations can change daily for
people who are experiencing this. Functional Zero is a dynamic measure of
this complex issue. As the Adelaide Zero Project progresses and our
homelessness system improves, we expect these numbers to rise and fall
until the system successfully sustains Functional Zero street
The development of the Adelaide Zero Project Dashboard is a collective
effort of over 40 organisations. Connections Week was led by Hutt St
Centre and the By-Name List establishment has been led by Neami
National. The dashboard has been made possible thanks to the support of
the Broadley Trust.