The first joint survey of homelessness conducted by five Melbourne Councils has recorded 392 people sleeping rough across inner Melbourne.
On Tuesday 19 June, more than 400 trained volunteers visited streets, parks and laneways to collect information on people sleeping rough in the 2018 StreetCount.
It was the first joint count undertaken across the cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra, Stonnington, and Maribyrnong. The City of Melbourne has undertaken the biennial count since 2008, with support from housing and homelessness agency Launch Housing.
The count helps councils to understand rough sleeping, so they can better plan their support, services and work towards long-term solutions to address homelessness.
The 392 people were recorded in the following municipalities
- Melbourne: 279 people
- Port Phillip: 65 people
- Yarra: 29 people
- Stonnington: 3 people
- Maribyrnong: 16 people.
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