Almost half of people sleeping on Melbourne’s streets are on the waiting list for public housing.
The findings come from the first joint survey of homelessness, conducted by five Melbourne Councils.
The survey found, on June 19, 392 people were sleeping rough across inner Melbourne.
Those sleeping on the street were surveyed in the following municipalities:
- Melbourne: 279 people
- Port Phillip: 65 people
- Yarra: 29 people
- Stonnington: 3 people
- Maribyrnong: 16 people.
The survey also found 42 per cent of people surveyed were on the public housing waiting list.
78 per cent of those surveyed were men and 22 per cent were women.
City of Melbourne Acting Lord Mayor Cr Arron Wood said the City of Melbourne has significantly increased coordination of homelessness agencies and support services in the CBD, in conjunction with the Victorian State Government.
“These are our city’s most vulnerable people. One person sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne is one too many,” the Acting Lord Mayor said.
“We know that homelessness has no boundaries and this joint count means we now have a picture of homelessness across inner Melbourne like never before.”
“Homelessness is a complex issue and good data like the StreetCount helps us continually evolve our approach. Ultimately, the solution is to get people into housing but pathways out of homelessness require a case by case solution.”