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Adelaide Zero Project

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The Don Dunstan Foundation has a proud history of engaging with homelessness issues. We think that, in 2018, Adelaide shouldn’t be seeking just to address street homelessness but to end it, as other cities like Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans are seeking to do.

On any given night there are up to 120 people sleeping rough in the city which is something the Don Dunstan Foundation is keen to address.

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Implementation Plan 2018 - 2020

The Adelaide Zero Project Implementation Plan sets out the next steps in the development of the project, the timeline for key activities and, crucially, which organisations will take responsibility for delivering the various elements of the project.The development of the Adelaide Zero Project is informed by a research team made up of academics from The University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

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The Functional Zero Approach

Functional Zero is an innovative approach for ending homelessness, pioneered by Community Solutions, and has been successfully adopted in the United States and internationally.

It involves a coordinated, broad‐based process for matching the need for housing with supply. A community reaches Functional Zero when the number of people sleeping on the streets at any point in time is no greater than the average housing capacity, and this is proven with data.

At its core, the Functional Zero approach is about knowing by name every person sleeping rough and coordinating local resources to quickly meet their need. Adelaide has the opportunity to be the first city outside of North America to achieve and sustain Functional Zero street homelessness.

The Adelaide Zero Project has set an interim target to achieve and sustain Functional Zero street homelessness in Adelaide’s inner city by the end of 2020. This will be reviewed following Connections Week where Adelaide Zero Project partners will collect new data by connecting with people sleeping rough in the inner city over a week-long exercise.

The Adelaide Zero Project is modelled on the highly successful Built for Zero campaign in the United States. Further information can be found on the Community Solutions websiteLink to external website

The Zero Project is supported by the Institute of Global Homelessness. More information can be found about them here Link to external website

Dame Louise Casey

Dame Louise Casey has an extensive history supporting governments in the United Kingdom, working on homelessness, but also victims’ rights, and anti-social behaviour. She has been a driving force in establishing the Institute of Global Homelessness, which is supporting the Adelaide Zero Project.

Over the last 17 years Dame Louise has been instrumental in the development of a number of bespoke social policy programmes for Government.

Drawing on her experiences leading homeless charity Shelter, Dame Louise has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to long standing social problems ranging from homelessness to anti-social behaviour to troubled families.

As part of the Adelaide Zero Project, organisations, groups and individuals will be invited to contribute and commit to a Charter to help achieve Functional Zero street homelessness in Adelaide.

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Taking Action to End Homelessness

The Don Dunstan Foundation is a thought leadership organisation that works on collaborative projects to inspire action for a fairer world, building on the legacy of the late Premier Don Dunstan.

One of our current areas of focus is homelessness.

Each year the Don Dunstan Foundation hosts a Homelessness Conference. Speaking at the 2016 Conference, former Adelaide Thinker in Residence, Roseanne Haggerty, outlined how she viewed homelessness as a solvable problem that Adelaide is uniquely placed to solve. Roseanne issued a challenge to put in place a plan to end street homelessness and organisations from across the public, private, community and university sectors have collectively taken up that challenge.

The Adelaide Zero Project is our response, with the Don Dunstan Foundation taking a coordination role for at least the first phase of the project.

A broad coalition of organisations has come together to lead the charge for Adelaide to become the first city outside North America to implement an approach that has seen seven communities achieve Functional Zero homelessness for veterans, and three communities for chronically homeless people.

If you are interested in being part of this project, please contact David Pearson, Executive Director.

Our Project Partners

We would like to acknowledge the Adelaide Zero Project partners who are helping making this project a reality.

Don Dunstan Foundation

Level 8, 115 Grenfell St
SA 5005 Australia


Phone: +61 8 8313 3364
ABN: 14 614 345 149

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