The Adelaide City Council has green-lit an initiative to end homelessness in the city.
Councillors have unanimously agreed to put $148,625 towards the Don Dunstan Foundation’s Adelaide Zero Project, which aims to achieve “functional zero” homelessness in the CBD and inner north.
Logistically that means ensuring the capacity of short and long-term accommodation matches or exceeds the number of people sleeping rough. It also involves knowing the identities of those sleeping rough on any given night.
The government funding will enable the project to move into the implementation phase.
The program, which is modelled on the successful Built for Zero campaign in the U.S., launched late last year. Adelaide is the first city outside the U.S. to commit to such a project.
“The City of Adelaide’s strategic partnership with the Don Dunstan Foundation is an extraordinarily important initiative in striving to achieve zero net homelessness in the city and North Adelaide,” Lord Mayor Martin Haese told Broadsheet via email.
“Council is very proud to partner with the foundation in pursuit of our common goal to end homelessness.”
On any given night, as many as 120 people sleep rough across Adelaide’s CBD.
Long-term, the Adelaide Zero Project will include areas outside the city and other forms of homelessness such as couch surfing and inadequate housing.