Zero homelessness in our sights

The goal of functional zero homelessness in Adelaide is inspiring a new research project being led by Flinders University.

Functional zero homelessness, an approach currently being implemented in 75 American communities, is reached when the number of people who are homeless in a city on any given night is no greater than housing placement availability for that night.

The Adelaide Zero Project, commissioned by the Don Dunstan Foundation, involves Flinders University’s Associate Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith, Director of the Australian Centre for Community Services Research, in conjunction with Adelaide University. The aim of the project is to develop a coordinated approach to better match service systems with the need for housing and housing supply.

On any given night, up to 120 people sleep rough in the city, and this research project will focus on understanding how the functional zero approach can be applied in Adelaide.

Findings from the Flinders University-led research project will ultimately help to increase long-term solutions to homelessness.

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