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Significant reduction in rough sleepers in Adelaide CBD


The latest quarterly rough sleeper count has recorded a significant reduction in the number of homeless people in Adelaide's CBD, dropping to a four year low.

Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison Minister said the August count found 60 people sleeping rough, including three who had a home elsewhere, down from 83 in the previous count in May.

"While we don't want to see anyone without shelter, I am pleased to see a downward trend in the number of people sleeping rough in the city," Ms Bettison said.

"Outreach services like Street to Home provide intense case management to people to help them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

"This latest count, the 20th to be conducted in Adelaide since 2007, recorded 23 fewer people living rough compared to May this year.

"The count is a 'point in time' survey that aims to monitor the number of people sleeping rough in the Adelaide inner city area. It also provides information about the circumstances and profile of that population.

"So any pattern must be viewed in the context of an overall trend. These counts have shown a declining trend since May 2014, when a high of 95 people were recorded as sleeping rough."

The counts are conducted in a partnership between the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and 13 key inner city homeless services from eight different organisations.

On the day of the count, staff visited the parklands and areas around the city to locate people sleeping out.

Workers at homelessness services also approached people attending that day to find if they had slept rough, and if so, they were asked if they wanted to take part in the count.

The first rough sleeper street count was conducted in June 2007, when 108 people indicated they had been sleeping rough.

The count was held twice annually in the first four years, with a third annual summer count held since 2012. More collection points have been added over the years, with more inner city homelessness services assisting to collect data. The next rough sleeper count will be held in February 2016.

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