Bridge Housing has once again participated in the street counting of Sydney’s rough sleepers.

A team of staff volunteers joined the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services the Hon. Gareth Ward, the Member for Manly, James Griffin MP and Natalie Ward MLC last night on the Northern Beaches to count people who were sleeping rough.

2021 is the second year of the Northern Beaches Homeless Street Sleeping Count. Last February, it identified more than 70 people sleeping rough in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA).

Local government street counts are an important annual event to better understand the extent and geographical scope of homelessness and to plan homelessness services and more social and affordable housing.

Other volunteers last night were from Northern Beaches Council, Mission Australia, Community Northern Beaches, DCJ and Homelessness NSW. Bridge Housing staff included Rebecca Pinkstone, Helen Tighe, Ellis Blaikie, Maria Berry, Ray Fatafehi and Maia Ihemeje.

Thank you Manager Pathways Krystal Moores for organising Bridge Housing’s participation.