WA Zero Project

Ending Street Homelessness in Communities Around WA

Advance to Zero, as it is known in Australia, is derived from the ‘Built for Zero’ approach, born out of the United States. It is a rigorous international change effort working to help a core group of committed communities end rough sleeping and chronic homelessness.


Coordinated by Community Solutions, the international effort supports participants in developing real time data on homelessness, optimising local housing resources, tracking progress against monthly goals, and accelerating the spread of proven strategies.

In early 2019, the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness brought key representatives from capital cities around Australia to co-invest in learning about, and developing, the ‘Advance to Zero’ approach (read more about the national campaign here).


Representatives from Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane all participated in a 2-Day Action Lab in Perth in February 2019. Since then, the Perth Team have been working hard to develop the relationships, policies, procedures, and know-how to implement an ‘Advance to Zero’ approach in WA.

The Perth Zero Project is the Perth-based implementation of this approach, while the WA Zero Project will help to scale the approach all around Western Australia.

How does it work?

Advance to Zero, or ‘Built for Zero’ as it’s known in USA, is an approach to achieving ‘functional zero’ for rough sleepers in a city or town area using a combination of quality real-time data and service coordination. One of the key tools used in this approach is the ‘By-Name List’. People and organisations working with people experiencing rough sleeping come together to use the list to analyse what is working and to adapt our service responses to get better outcomes. 


The list collects inflow and outflow data (see diagram below) to show month-by-month data about how many people are actively homeless in a community, whether this is reducing or not, and how many people are moving in and out of homelessness each month. 
















The list records what type of accommodation people are staying in, reasons they become inactive and whether they are sleeping rough. It also includes some basic information about whether someone has a lead worker and the person’s VI-SPDAT survey (if available).

A Global Movement


Read more about other communities around the world who have succeeded with this approach: 

3 cities in the U.S. have ended chronic homelessness: Here’s how they did it

Built For Zero


Get Involved


If you think your organisation has a part to play in the WA Zero Project or would like to understand more about the approach, please contact claire@endhomelessnesswa.com

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