Towards Zero Homelessness, South Australia
Over the last few years, democracyCo has been supporting a series of Adelaide partners led by the Don Dunstan Foundation to achieve functional zero homelessness – putting an end to street homelessness in the city.
Most recently democracyCo facilitated a process where people with lived experience of homelessness, service providers, interested citizens and support agencies came together to create a project Charter – a document which all South Australians can sign to show their support. This Charter was a world first to support a project of this scale, and includes a pledge and a series of actions that everyday citizens can take to contribute to the goal of ending street homelessness.
This project has 35 project partners – all working together to address the 148 people currently sleeping rough – and provide them, and others at risk of homelessness with support. This approach included 50 people working together over a series of nights. The group drafted a charter which was endorsed by the Sponsor group – and will now form the centre of the new website which is currently being built to engage all people in and around Adelaide.
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democracyCo’s work is undertaken on the lands of Australia’s First Nations People.
For millennia, you as the ancestors have been guardians of this Country and we deeply respect and acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging.
As we collaborate together, democracyCo will look to Australia’s First Nations people, the world’s oldest living culture, for guidance that will help sustain our connection to Country and inform the work that we do to bring people together.
Our work is in service to Reconciliation and to moving forward together.
We acknowledge that we have much work to do.