Rough Sleeping Homelessness Dashboard

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A live counter for the number of rough sleeping homeless

This project did not receive enough votes to be funded.

90 votes received

Project details

Suggested by David

Sponsored by Don Dunstan Foundation

Budget

$150,000.00

• The DDF has launched a project to achieve functional zero homelessness in the CBD
• For this to happen the community needs to know how many people are homeless and service providers need to know who they are
• A connections week – where a team of people make a connection with every rough sleeper– would help find out what their needs are
• The Rough Sleeping Dashboard is a tech solution to measure, track and facilitate a service response for rough sleepers in Adelaide
• The ultimate aim of this project is for the dashboard to read Zero

This project did not receive enough votes to be funded.

90 votes received

Project details

Suggested by David

Sponsored by Don Dunstan Foundation

Budget

$150,000.00

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John Glasken

02 Nov 2017

This is a bit scary to me. An invasive form of observation that involves actively ‘tracking’ homeless rough sleepers in the CBD. People working within the homelessness sector are privy to the scale of the homelessness problem in South Australia, indeed for the majority of homeless in our state, the problem is represented by a lack of affordable housing, prohibitively long wait lists for mental health and AOD support, system wide issues such as the burden of proof and the responsibility of homelessness falling upon the individual.
Many of the rough sleepers, both old and young choose to sleep in the city as this places them closest to the critical support services in the area, West Care, the Vincentian Centre, Magdalene Centre, Salvos Sobering up unit, HYPA, Hutt street etc.

Sacrificing your privacy, safety and health by exposing yourself to rough sleeping is one of the most difficult positions people can find themselves in. In these cases, homelessness/rough sleeping can be seen as a choice, a choice amongst many dangerous choices.

Service provision can and has been assured by building local knowledge between services and their client cohort, by actively providing outreach to those who need support and facilitating access to critical services. This is already happening. What does not need to happen nor should happen is the organisation of a ‘team of people’ to actively seek and disturb homeless people, to ‘identify what their needs are’, surely many of these needs would be self-evident considering the situation one perceives them to be, and what exactly will determining the individual needs of a group of homeless people reveal? That there needs to be more housing, that there needs to be more funding for mental health services, that there needs to be less prohibitive and at times punitive measures associated with welfare provision and Centrelink?
I think it is also important to point out that the use of the term ‘track’ is culturally problematic. Many of the homeless in Adelaide identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The long racist history of tracking and hunting First Nations people cannot be ignored, the Aboriginal experience of homelessness, poverty and discrimination in Australia is not without ongoing historical context.

People will argue that you cannot solve a problem like homelessness without social awareness, I agree with this, I also agree with the importance of finding voices within the population. However homelessness is already one of the most invisible – VISIBLE social problems throughout the world. It is a discursive problem that cannot be rectified by merely conversing with people. If you would like to help a homeless person, then by all means talk with one, get their permission to share their story on social media, donate to charities, vote for policy makers who understand the issue. But 150k for tracking and monitoring? This is a misstep, a generous and optimistic misstep that doesn’t understand the problem itself.

Your vote would be better spent elsewhere, including the other DDF program nominated here.

Cal D > John Glasken

16 Nov 2017

I am inclined to agree. There are dozens of organisations that have a handle on the extent of homelessness in Adelaide, South Australia and Australia as a whole. Sometimes it can be good to use metrics to set out achievable goals but if I am honest, this project seems dehumanising.

ebransbury@hotmail.com mutter22

31 Oct 2017

In order to address the problem of homelessness, you need to know the the scale of the problem. Edith