Almost 400 people are sleeping rough across five inner Melbourne council areas, a recent street count has found — and many of them are on the waiting list for public housing.
Trained volunteers who visited streets, parks and laneways on the wintry day of June 19 counted 392 homeless people in the municipalities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra, Stonnington and Maribyrnong.
Overall there were 279 rough sleepers counted in the City of Melbourne this year.
The were 65 homeless people counted in Port Phillip, 29 in Yarra, 16 in Maribyrnong and three in Stonnington.
In 2016, the count focused on an area that made up 20 per cent of the City of Melbourne and found 247 homeless people. This year volunteers found 210 rough sleepers in the same area — representing a 15 per cent drop.
Housing Minister Martin Foley said patterns of homelessness were changing.
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