Microsoft supports Australian government to halve homelessness

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 25 November 2019
Microsoft supports Australian government to halve homelessness

Microsoft is supporting the New South Wales (NSW) Government in its plan to halve homelessness by 2025. The Act to End Street Sleeping Collaboration will use PowerApps to survey people sleeping rough and connect them to relevant services.

The Act to End Street Sleeping Collaboration brings together Government, non-governmental organisations and the Institute of Global Homelessness to help reduce the number of people who are sleeping on the streets. With Microsoft’s participation, the partnership will collect data from a smartphone app and make it accessible to service providers in near-real time. 

“We applaud the NSW Government’s determination to halve street homelessness over the next six years and are proud to be able to play our part,” said Steven Worrall, managing director of Microsoft Australia. “To achieve NSW’s goal, it’s critical to be able to identify people in need and then connect them to service providers able to help. The platform we have developed will simplify data collection and [make it] available securely and in near-real time to service providers so that they are able to act fast and help people in NSW who are [sleeping rough].”

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