The BNL 2.0 app, which was highlighted at the ESSC Symposium held in Sydney, helps NFPs better understand the stories of individuals experiencing homelessness – the factors that contributed to their current situation and the challenges preventing them from getting stable housing – empowering the entire sector to mount a coordinated response to rising homelessness.
Today, there are over 2,148 people experiencing homelessness who have shared their stories on the By-Name-List. With the BNL 2.0 app, the ESSC has been able to work directly with service providers to house over 450 people with appropriate support services. With the app empowering the NFP sector to act as a coherent whole, the ESSC is closer to its goal of reducing street sleeping in NSW by 50% by 2025.
As a joint collective impact project between the NSW Government, The Institute of Global Homelessness and NFPs, the ESSC works closely with the state government. NSW Government Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said that tech solutions such as the BNL 2.0 are just one of the many NSW Government strategies to respond to homelessness.