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

General context about Adelaide Zero Project data from 1 July 2021

  • From 1 July 2021, the Toward Home Alliance became responsible for delivering homelessness services in Adelaide’s inner-city.
  • The Regional Administrator (data custodian) for Adelaide Zero Project’s By-Name List also transitioned from Neami National to The Salvation Army from 1 July 2021, to align with the new Toward Home Alliance service.
  • During this transition, services had limited access to the By-Name List. To maintain data quality and ensure client information was up-to-date, the By-Name List was cross-checked with other data sources.
  • The Regional Administrator and the Adelaide Zero Project Backbone team will continue to assess if other data quality activities need to occur.
Functional Zero Data Points
from the By-Name List
Previous month
Current data
3
as of 31/03/22as of 30/04/22
1Returned from Housing
Number of people who have left the housing system for various reasons and are actively homeless again.44
2Newly Identified
Total number of people in the last month who were identified on the By-Name List as sleeping rough for the first time3016
2.1Newly identified, no survey completed

Of the total number of people in the last month who were newly identified on the By-Name List (data point 2), the following people are yet to complete the Adelaide Zero Project survey (VI-SPDAT)
111
3Returned from inactive
Number of people seeking housing again after being inactive 285
4Actively Homeless268172
4.1Sleeping rough

Number of people who are known to be currently sleeping rough in the inner city.
15596
4.2Temporarily sheltered

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.
8964
4.3Actively homeless - other

For example, people who have left temporary shelter or permanent housing, but their current situation is unknown.
2412
5Housed
5.1Average 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.
1414
6Moved to Inactive2
Number of people who became inactive in the last month2874
Cumulative Milestones3
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 2018.14991515
Total number of people housed through the Adelaide Zero Project since the first Connections Week in May 2018.1807823

1‘Housed’ refers to people on the By-Name List who have been offered a housing placement.

The Adelaide Zero Project is committed to maintaining an accurate and up-to-date ‘real time By Name List’ – one of eight key activities underpinning Advance to Zero methodology. An accurate By Name List captures the scale and nature of homelessness in an area and enables communities to set goals and plan activities to reduce homelessness. A real time By Name List also allows communities to measure progress towards ending homelessness.

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. 

In April 2022, the Adelaide Zero Project Technical Administrators Group (TAG) undertook an audit of the By Name List to ensure that it accurately reflected the attributes of individuals currently sleeping rough. Inner City services cross checked other data systems with the By Name List in line with the Adelaide Zero Project’s Inactive Policy which measures ‘Active’ homelessness within a 90 day activity timeframe. Where an individual had engaged with a service the By Name List was updated to reflect this activity and where no engagement could be ascertained,  the TAG changed the individual’s status to Inactive on the By Name List. The audit resulted in 72 persons being moved from the Active homeless cohort to the Inactive cohort. Analysis of the audit found that a majority of individuals (75%) updated to an Inactive status last engaged with a service in June and July 2021. Two further persons were moved to Inactive in April 2022, according to normal By Name List management activities.

3Additional data analysis is being undertaken to ensure accuracy of these data points.

As of 30 April 2020, data is being reported at the end of the calendar month, rather than on the 18th of each month.


Historical Data

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).

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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.

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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
either:

  • 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
rough.

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
homelessness.

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.

Adelaide Zero Project and its Partners 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
    authorities
  • 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
    faster.

The SA Housing Authority 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 were temporarily sheltered during COVID-19.

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.