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Gathering accurate data about the number of people experiencing street homelessness is essential to informing the best way to target resources to those who need the most support.

The NSW Government has committed to undertaking annual street counts of people experiencing street homelessness to deliver more regular data on our progress towards achieving the Premier’s Priority target. Street counts help foster local collaboration and inform local approaches to prevention, housing options and post-crisis support.

Watch this video to see how our teams undertake the street count.

The 2021 street count results

The 2021 NSW street count, the NSW Government’s second annual street count, was completed between 2 February and 1 March 2021.

Over 150 local organisations partnered with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) to complete street counts in more than 280 towns and suburbs in 71 local government areas (LGA) across NSW. These partners included Specialist Homelessness Services, Local Councils and Community Housing Providers, as well Aboriginal organisations, local community groups, Police and NSW Health.

1,141 people were counted during these street counts – a 13 per cent reduction compared to 2020. A Technical Paper analysing the 2021 street count results and including a full table of results can be found here.

For more information about the 2020 street count results, please refer to the technical paper analysing the 2020 street count data and the Reducing street homelessness fact sheet.

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Last updated: 16 Apr 2021