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Facilitation- Multiple Local Governments

The Zero Project connects communities to use a Housing First approach to work collaboratively to reduce and ultimately end rough sleeping and chronic homelessness in their local communities.

The Advance to Zero methodology is used for this initiative, which means that rather than counting the number of houses provided, services are counting down the number of people experiencing rough sleeping and chronic homelessness, with the aim of reaching ‘functional zero’, using a combination of quality real-time data and service coordination. Functional zero will be achieved when there are enough services, houses, and crisis beds for everyone who needs them. As a result, homelessness is rare and for those that experience it, it is short-lived and one-off.

The By Name List enables local communities to have live data of how their service system is working and use it to drive evidence-based improvements that help reduce rough sleeping and chronic homelessness. The By Name List is a tool that enables organisations across the sector to collaboratively track and quantify homelessness.

The Cities of Kwinana, Bunbury, Greater Geraldton, Perth, Fremantle, and Rockingham all partner with the zero project to have a by Name List in their local communities.

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