Years: 2019, 2020
Launch Housing is the pre-eminent provider of high-quality services to assist people sleeping rough in Melbourne. They are part of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH), a national partnership of community agencies focused on implementing a Functional Zero approach to ending rough sleeping.
Functional Zero adopts a harm reduction approach to the problem of homelessness. It is reached when the number of people entering homelessness is less than those leaving the system, having resolved their homelessness. Eradicating homelessness remains Launch Housing’s overall goal; however, due to economic and social inequality, and a severe lack of affordable housing, significant systems change over time is required to achieve this. This project supported the implementation of a By-Name List, which is a key component of a Functional Zero approach. The Project Worker will manage this real-time list of all people sleeping rough within an area, and progressively expand the list across metropolitan Melbourne.