Reducing Homelessness

KNOWING PEOPLE WHO ARE SLEEPING ON THE STREETS, IN PARKS, TENTS, CARS OR TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION BY NAME HELPS US TO MAKE VISIBLE WHO IS OFTEN UNSEEN

Photography: Katie Bennett

The Vulnerability Index Service Prioritisation Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT)

It is a voluntary screening tool based on people's disclosed information and it is used to provide appropriate housing, healthcare, and community services according to people needs.

  • The VI-SPDAT is a screening tool used to identify the needs of a person or family with children experiencing homelessness. It helps match them with appropriate support services and housing options using a Housing First Framework. 

     

    The tool provides a score indicating the level of vulnerability, which can be used alongside case coordination.
  • The score provided by the VI-SPDAT is used to indicate acuity (vulnerability) and the type of housing and supports required for safe and secure housing:

     

    - Low: Requires access to affordable housing.

     

    - Medium: Requires affordable and stable housing with short-term support services.

     

    - High: Requires Supportive Housing - Affordable and permanent housing with embedded healthcare and support services.

The Know By-Name List

The Know By-Name List (BNL) helps us to identify every person sleeping rough (on streets, in parks, tents, cars or temporary accommodation) in Brisbane, their needs and the support services required.

  • Brisbane By-Name List is a list of people experiencing homelessness in our community which can be updated in real time. Using information collected and shared with their consent, we can understand their homeless history, health, and housing needs. This enables us to better match housing solutions and identify relevant supports, particularly for the most vulnerable. This data is updated monthly, at minimum.

     

    * This website is currently considering two population groups: Individuals with rough sleeping history and Families with Children.

  • TO TRACK OUR PROGRESS, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY MOVE IN AND OUT OF HOMELESSNESS. 

    Specifically, communities can look at six data points:

     

    INFLOW

    When a person loses housing and enters into homelessness, they’re part of what we call inflow. Inflow data captures people who are:

     

    • Newly identified, or new to homelessness.

     

    • Returned from housing, or people who experienced homelessness before, got connected with housing, and now are homeless again.

     

    • Returned from Inactive, or people who experienced homelessness before and exited to unknown destinations, and now are homeless again.

     

    ACTIVELY HOMELESS

    This includes individuals or families that our collaborating agencies have engaged with, and we know by name rough sleeping - on the streets, in parks, tents, cars or temporary accommodation.

     

    OUTFLOW

    Outflow refers to people who have exited homelessness. This includes:

    • Housed, or people who have been connected to permanent housing.

     

    • Moved to inactive, or people who exit homelessness without support from the homeless response system, such as finding their own housing, moving out of the community, or entering a long-term stay in an institution.

A first step towards ending homelessness in Brisbane is following our progress, so we can be confident that our actions are having the necessary impact.

FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS FOR DECEMBER 2023 - FAMILIES

Inflow

1

Returned from housing

44

Newly identified

7

Returned from inactive

192

Total number of Families Actively Homelessness

Outflow

57

Housed

18

Moved to inactive

FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS FOR DECEMBER 2023 - INDIVIDUALS

Inflow

5

Returned from housing

66

Newly identified

34

Returned from inactive

379

Total number of people Actively Homeless

223

Sleeping rough

156

Temp Accommodated

Outflow

43

Housed

67

Moved to inactive

TIMELINE - INDIVIDUALS

See how the state of homelessness in Brisbane changes over time in 2023.*

Inflow
Active
Outflow
*Allow for up to 10% variance in the data between months due to the dynamic nature of individual movement.

Visual data

Actively Homeless - Summary

See how the state of homeless individuals in Brisbane changes over time.

Active rough sleepers in Brisbane Temporarily accommodated across Brisbane

*This is point in time data as reported at the end of each month. Allow for slight variance in historical trends due to the dynamic nature of the shared database.