Sydney’s rough sleepers are down 25 per cent, but charities say that number does not tell the full story

A count of people sleeping rough on Sydney’s streets reveals numbers have decreased by 25 per cent in the past year, but charities say that figure does not tell the whole story.

The City of Sydney’s annual summer street count identified 329 people sleeping rough — 104 fewer than the 433 counted in February last year.

The decrease comes after a standoff between Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the New South Wales Government last year over the so-called Tent City in Martin Place.

Hundreds of rough sleepers had been camping in the financial hub for months, and their sleeping arrangements became a political football for the City of Sydney and NSW Government.

The homeless people ultimately left of their own volition, hours before a looming police deadline that would likely have seen them forcibly removed.

The survey was conducted in Sydney by 200 council staff and volunteers in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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