Ruah provides the backbone support for the Zero Project – Housing First Coordination for WA, bringing together all the various support services people need to wrap around the individual and help them to make meaningful change in their lives – with housing as a first step.
The collective impact approach of Zero Project towards ending homelessness builds on the success of the innovative 50 Lives 50 Homes project, working with communities across the Perth metropolitan area, Geraldton, Mandurah, Bunbury and Rockingham.
One of the important elements of the Zero Project is the use of an Advance to Zero methodology that counts down the number of people needing housing as opposed to counting the number of people housed.
The Zero Project has been made possible with funding from the State Government’s Housing First Homelessness Initiative, with supplementary funding from Lotterywest to run the By Name List and deliver housing first training to the community services sector.
You can find the Zero Project website at zeroprojectwa.org.au.
The website includes a monthly dashboard which provides a snapshot of data from the By Name List, which is currently being used by communities to track progress towards ending rough sleeping and chronic homelessness in WA. You will also find information about the Advance to Zero methodology, Housing First approach, and keep up to date with project news, training opportunities and access useful resources.
By Name List
The Zero Project also manages the By Name List – a tool that enables organisations from across the sector to collaboratively track and quantify homelessness, so local communities have access to a real time picture of how their service is working and can use that information to drive evidence-based improvements to help reduce rough sleeping and chronic homelessness.
The By Name List is a key tool for collaboratively allocating housing and support resources.
Please note – individuals cannot refer themselves to the Zero Project. If you think you may be eligible, speak to your support worker or drop in to the Ruah Centre. If you are from a community services organisation and would like more information about Zero Project or the By Name List, email [email protected]