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MEDIA RELEASE: 26 October 2018

The Zero Project is seeking commitment from all Adelaide City Council candidates to back Adelaide’s efforts to become the first Australian city to achieve Functional Zero[i] homelessness within two years.

Don Dunstan Foundation Executive Director David Pearson, whose organisation is coordinating the project, says it’s about shoring up support to have the candidates publicly and formally endorse Adelaide Zero Project.

“To date, the current Lord Mayor and councillors of Adelaide City Council have been crucial in helping the project to support rough sleepers into secure housing and we look forward to this continuing after the election,” Mr Pearson says.

“Over 30 organisations are driving Adelaide Zero Project and by having Adelaide City Council candidates sign a Statement of Commitment to fully support this initiative, reflects the all of community approach needed to end street homelessness.”

Lord Mayoral candidates Sandy Verschoor, Steven Kelly, Mark Eric Hamilton and Kate Treloar are among those being asked to support ending street homelessness in the City of Adelaide by the end of 2020.

A pledge event hosted by Uniting Communities and Flinders University, will be held on Wednesday 24 October from midday at Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square.

“We’ve been blown away by the amount of support we’ve received with over two thirds of candidates committing to attend this important event,” Mr Pearson says.

Since Adelaide Zero Project’s Connections Week in May this year, 68 people on the By-Name List have been relocated into secure housing.

The Project’s online dashboard, the first of its kind in Australia, shows 149 people are actively sleeping rough in the inner-city.

“Adelaide Zero Project is continuing to focus on how to make additional housing options available and improve overall access to homelessness services,” Mr Pearson says.

“We’re implementing new measures including a Business Alliance, led by Adelaide City Council, to engage corporate leaders and traders in developing solutions to end homelessness.”

Adelaide City Council extended its partnership with Don Dunstan Foundation last month, to support the Zero Project, bringing its total commitment to over $340,000 in funding over three years.

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For interviews or further information please contact The Message Bureau on 08 8223 7703 or 0419 754 564.

[i] Functional Zero street homelessness is achieved when the number of people who are sleeping rough at any time, is no greater than the average housing capacity for that same time period.

Adelaide Zero Project Partners

Presented by
Don Dunstan Foundation

Principal Partner
Bendigo Bank

University Partners
Flinders University
University of Adelaide

Government Partners
City of Adelaide
Government of South Australia – SA Health
Government of South Australia – Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Government of South Australia – Department of Human Services
Government of South Australia – Department for Correctional Services
Government of South Australia – Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
Government of South Australia – SA Police

Major Partners
Aboriginal Sobriety Group
Anglicare SA
Baptist Care
Broadley Trust
Catherine House Inc
Common Ground
Community Sector Banking
End Homelessness SA
Housing Choices SA
Hutt St Centre
Life Without Barriers
Mercy Foundation
Neami National
OARS Community Transition
Salvation Army
St John’s Youth Services Incorporated
SYC
Uniting Communities

Supporting Partners
Australian Alliance to End Homelessness
Community Solutions
Institute of Global Homelessness
Mental Health Coalition of South Australia
Message Bureau
Shelter SA
Together SA
Women’s Safety Services SA

 

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 13 November 2018

 

The Don Dunstan Foundation’s ‘Thinker in Residence’ Dr Guy Turnbull is on a mission for South Australia to embrace the co-operative business model in the state’s care sector.

The recent UK Entrepreneur of the Year recipient, recognised for successfully opening social franchises (or co-operatives) abroad in the care industry, is behind an Adelaide pilot to link local GPs and allied health providers with a co-operative of home care staff.

“We’re connecting and working together with GPs to reduce both the number of people being admitted to hospital because there isn’t adequate community care and to have them discharged more rapidly,” Dr Turnbull says.

“It’s all about delivering higher-quality care by employees that are better engaged in what they do because they are working as part of a co-operative,” he says.

“There is no greater way to engage an employee and deliver superior outcomes than to make them an owner of the organisation that they work for – this is why the employee ownership and co-operative business models are thriving.”

One of Australia’s first worker-owned co-ops, home care provider – The Co-operative Life (TCL), based in Sydney, will be part of the pilot which is due to commence in early 2019.

“South Australia is yet to have an established and registered co-operative urgent home care provider and if we move quickly, the state can become leaders in this space,” Dr Turnbull says.

By 2050, one million aged care workers will be needed to provide care to just six million people – according to a recent report by the Victorian Council on Social Services.

“That’s a three-fold increase up from 336,000 people currently working in the aged care sector,” he says.

“Now’s the time to take action and think differently about the way care is delivered.

“When people have a stake in an organisation like a co-operative, they deliver a much better quality of care. This makes the business more successful and means that profits can be re-invested in the staff development and better care.”

Don Dunstan Foundation Executive Director David Pearson says we all need to be a lot more concerned about workforce issues in the care sector.

“Not being on the front foot and addressing these challenges leads to more royal commissions into the quality of care.” Mr Pearson says.

“This industry is also a crucial part of the local economy and in South Australia’s case, is currently the biggest driver of job creation.”

The Don Dunstan Foundation has partnered with the university, business, public and community sectors to deliver the Adelaide ‘Thinkers in Residence’ program which is focusing on growing jobs in the purpose economy.

Supporting the Co-Operative Life coming to South Australia is one of nearly 30 initiatives that have been started or supported by the Thinkers Program over the last 18 months.

Dr Guy Turnbull is the current ‘Thinker in Residence’ and former Managing Director of Care and Share Associates (CASA) – an employee owned cooperative in the UK care sector.

 Dr Turnbull is running a free information session about care co-ops on Friday 16 November.

Further information and event bookings featuring Dr Turnbull during November, is available at www.dunstan.org.au/projects/turnbull/


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MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 19 September 2018

Adelaide Zero Project welcomes expert from Chicago on ending homelessness

The Zero Project continues to attract worldwide attention, as it works towards Adelaide becoming the first Australian city to achieve and sustain Functional Zero[1] homelessness in the CBD by 2020.

Dr Nonie Brennan, Chief Executive Officer of All Chicago, a not-for-profit organisation that works with a vision on “Making Homelessness History,” is in Adelaide to assist moving more rough sleepers into secure housing.

“In Chicago, I won’t be satisfied until we create an environment where everybody has a home – regardless of where they are, where they’ve been and where they’re going,” Dr Brennan says.

“We’re currently focussed on ending veteran and chronic homelessness, which is achievable.”

Dr Brennan who is also from the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), has been instrumental in Chicago experiencing a 20 per cent decrease in overall street homelessness over the last 15 years.

She is responsible for securing, distributing, and monitoring over $70 million annually in public and private funding to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago.

“My father was homeless as a teenager, so I have a deep personal connection to social justice,” Dr Brennan says.

The Adelaide Zero Project’s online dashboard shows 149 people are actively sleeping rough in the inner-city. Since Connections Week in May this year, 58 people on the By-Name List have now moved into secure housing.

“Reducing street homelessness is all about a collaborative approach,” Dr Brennan says.

“I’ve been impressed how everybody has come together for the Adelaide Zero Project and is committed to sharing the same goal. This collective impact is the key to addressing homelessness,” Dr Brennan says.

“There is always a need for greater flexibility when rebuilding and strengthening a homelessness system. This includes bringing more funding and available services to the table.”

Dame Louise Casey, also a driving force behind IGH, has returned to Adelaide and praised the Zero Project’s efforts to date in establishing a By-Name List and knowing who has secured permanent housing.

“Adelaide is still in desperate need of additional crisis beds to get more rough sleepers off the streets. Providing immediate shelter is always a significant challenge and can be overcome by improving access to homelessness services,” Dame Louise says.

Don Dunstan Foundation Executive Director David Pearson says to attract and develop working relationships with peers who are recognised internationally for their work to end homelessness, is a real coup.

“It enables us to share resources and strengthens the global movement to end street homelessness,” Mr Pearson says.

Adelaide is the only ‘vanguard city’ in Australia – one of 10 cities worldwide to be recognised for its pioneering efforts to solve the problem of homelessness.

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 For interviews or further information please contact The Message Bureau on 08 8223 7703 or 0419 754 564.

[1] Functional Zero street homelessness is achieved when the number of people who are sleeping rough at any time, is no greater than the average housing capacity for that same time period.

Adelaide Zero Project Partners

 Presented by
Don Dunstan Foundation

 Principal Partner
Bendigo Bank

 University Partners
Flinders University
University of Adelaide

Government Partners
City of Adelaide
Government of South Australia – SA Health
Government of South Australia – Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Government of South Australia – Department of Human Services
Government of South Australia – Department for Correctional Services
Government of South Australia – Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
Government of South Australia – SA Police

Major Partners
Aboriginal Sobriety Group
Anglicare SA
Baptist Care
Broadley Trust
Catherine House Inc
Common Ground
Community Sector Banking
End Homelessness SA
Housing Choices SA
Hutt St Centre
Life Without Barriers
Mercy Foundation
Neami National
OARS Community Transition
Salvation Army
St John’s Youth Services Incorporated
SYC
Uniting Communities

Supporting Partners
Australian Alliance to End Homelessness
Community Solutions
Institute of Global Homelessness
Mental Health Coalition of South Australia
Message Bureau
Shelter SA
Together SA
Women’s Safety Services SA

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MEDIA RELEASE – Adelaide Zero Project commits to 2020

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