THERE are fewer rough sleepers in inner Sydney than four years ago, preliminary figures from the City of Sydney's street count found.
The biannual survey of the inner city's homeless conducted by 180 volunteers found 226 rough sleepers between the hours of 1am and 3am on Tuesday – the lowest figure since the count began in August 2008.
Yesterday's result compared to a total of 310 rough sleepers in February's summer count and 307 surveyed in August last year.
The city's Homelessness Unit manager, Liz Giles, said the work of agencies and programs targeting homelessness were making a difference, but there was still a critical deficit of affordable and accessible housing.
"If this is not rectified, it will almost guarantee that we will see levels of street homelessness return to their 2010 levels of over 400," she said.
Missionbeat's Daniel Strickland said rough sleepers only made up 16 per cent of the homeless population.
"So we are, I guess, counting just that tip of the iceberg," he said.