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. We are delighted that Microsoft has been able to bring its know-how to develop this revolutionary technology to combat homelessness on the streets. Steven Worrall, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia said; « We welcome the NSW government`s commitment to halving homelessness on the streets over the next six years and are proud to play our part. 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. Dame Louise Casey, president of the Institute of Global Homelessness, tells the story of a collective impact project in Chicago aimed at ending homelessness on the streets in her moving speech at the end Street Sleeping Symposium 2018. The project had expected the city to welcome 120 homeless veterans per week, but they had 125 new veterans coming out on the streets to replace them. Their point: housing the homeless is only half the equation. The application will be tested at Connections Week (this week) in the City of Sydney. Connections Week brings together a number of non-profit service providers, the City of Sydney and the nsw government to better coordinate the provision of services to people sleeping on the streets in Sydney and test new methods for collecting and sharing information. 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. In concrete terms, Hon Gladys Berejiklian announced in February a target of halving the number of people sleeping on the roads across the NSW by 2025 and ensuring that street sleep ends completely by 2030. The signatories of the NSW agreement with the Institute of Global Homelessness are: In 2019 Sydney became the tenth city to join 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. 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 actual effect of the end of street sleep includes this deep wave effect. By helping the thousands of people who sleep roughly in Sydney, we will make changes to social democratic services, justice and health systems, which benefit thousands more; those who, because of poverty, poverty, disease and misery, are getting closer and closer to rough sleep. 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.