The Hon Graham West, who convened the Act to End Street Sleeping Collaboration, said the end of street sleep at NSW was possible if the whole community was engaged. In 2019, Sydney became the tenth city to participate in the Institute for Global Homelessness Vanguard City; a city that has the compassion and interest of stopping sleeping on the street by combining changing preventive systems and housing-first for those who are already on the street. The 2021 census will provide the next official update of the data, but there are positive signs of progress. The City of Sydney does a census every two years of people sleeping roughly. The February 2020 road census showed a 23% decrease in homelessness on the street compared to February 2017. In addition, work is underway to collect additional data throughout the NSW through an annual road census, which provides important information on trends across the state. Dominic Sullivan, full-time or part-time project manager of the PAYCE Foundation, said the Foundation recognized that sleeping on the streets was a major challenge that requires urgent action. The signatories of the NSW agreement with the Institute of Global Homelessness are: We believe that road sleep can be over; that no one should sleep tonight or a night on the streets of Sydney or another community in NSWIn February 2019, the NSW government, the City of Sydney and major homeless organizations, in partnership with the Institute of Global Homelessness, have joined 13 other cities, joined a global movement to end street sleep and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce homelessness by 50% by 2025 in Nsw. End Street Sleeping Collaboration Ltd will work with local communities, people with experience in homelessness, government agencies and charities across NSW to reduce sleep by 2025 and work towards ending street sleep by 2030. In February of this year, the NSW government, the City of Sydney and major homeless charities joined 13 other cities in partnership with the Institute of Global Homelessness and were part of a global movement to end street sleep through the IGH Vanguard City program. NSW`s goal is to reduce homelessness on the streets by 50% across the country by 2025. The PAYCE Foundation announced today that it will be NSW`s founding partner for a global program to halve street sleep across the state by 2025. The Prime Minister`s priority is to help people affected by homelessness on the streets find safe and stable housing.
This would put them in the best position to improve their health and well-being, as well as their educational and economic performance. There is now clear evidence that it is possible not only to reduce the number of sleeps on the street, but also to implement reforms that prevent homelessness. It is true, the evidence shows that housing first is an important solution for those who sleep hard. But it is not enough to save people once they have reached the roads. We need to intervene before they hit the ground and they start sleeping rough. Microsoft is honored to announce that with the Act to End Street Sleeping Collaboration, it is working on an initiative to help the NSW government achieve its goal of halving homelessness on the streets by 2025. Family, Communities and Disability Services Minister Hon Gareth Ward said: “The NSW government is working with the business and non-governmental sectors to bring new ideas, energy and ambition to reduce sleep on the streets.