Connections Week, formerly known as Registry Week, is a well-established, place-based process to understand who is experiencing homelessness and the need for support and housing. The aim is to identify the most vulnerable people to drive collaborative work to meet these needs. From a State and local government perspective, Connections Week, as opposed to a simple street count, provides a strong evidence base to end homelessness within a community.
During Connections Week teams of volunteers conduct early morning surveys (using the VI-SPDAT tool) of people they find sleeping out in their community. Surveys are also completed at key service. At the end of the week, a launch event is held to invite stakeholders to be part of a collaborate response to address identified needs.