An online tool that enables members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with critical help services has received further awards.
The Street Connect website (www.streetconnect.sa.gov.au), developed by the SA Housing Authority in conjunction with the sector, has been recognised at the State iAwards, which are run by the Australian Information Industry Awards (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector. Street Connect was announced winner of the Public Sector and Government category; winner of the SA Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation; and received a Merit in the Community Services Markets category.
This success at the State awards qualifies Street Connect to compete as a finalist at the National iAwards in Melbourne on 27-29 August.
The latest recognition follows on from a national award earlier this month.
Street Connect uses 'crowd-sourcing' of community knowledge about where people are currently sleeping rough to help Street to Home locate people they may not otherwise have made contact with. The website also assists the work of the Adelaide Zero Project, because people sleeping rough who are assisted can be added to the project's By-Name List.
Since its public launch in August 2018, more than 600 Street Connect referrals have been made.