Housing and homelessness

Within five kilometres of Brisbane's Central Business District:

  • approximately 50 people are homeless
  • over 300 live in unsafe or insecure accommodation

Brisbane City Council is addressing homelessness and affordable housing in Brisbane to create sustainable pathways out of homelessness.

Homeless initiatives

Homeless Connect

Council, state government, businesses and community groups provide free services to the homeless on the day of Homeless Connect event, such as:

  • haircuts
  • clothes
  • accommodation information
  • medical and legal advice

Public Space Liaison Officers

Council’s team of Public Space Liaison Officers act as the first point of contact between Council and people experiencing homelessness. They provide support and assist community organisations to respond effectively to the needs of Brisbane's homeless citizens.

Red Cross Night Café

The Red Cross Night Cafe was opened by Council and the Australian Red Cross in City Hall in 2001. The cafe provides Brisbane's homeless and disadvantaged youth with free meals and access to showers, toilets, health and legal advice two nights per week.  The cafe also runs workshops and arts-based activities.

The café is located on the basement level of Brisbane City Hall with access via the exterior door on the Adelaide Street side of City Hall.

Community Housing Partnership

Council-owned properties are available to social housing providers as crisis and transitional housing.

The next round of expressions of interest for community housing providers is currently closed.

The Brisbane Housing Company (BHC)

The BHC is a non-profit organisation established by Council with the state government. It provides affordable rental accommodation for people on low incomes.

The BHC has over 600 units in Brisbane, with more in development.


Council has partnered with RecLink Australia to create RecLink Brisbane. Reclink provides sporting, social and arts activities to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage.

Affordable Housing Incentive Package

Affordable housing projects, administered by Brisbane City Council, aim to improve the supply of affordable accommodation, including crisis and transitional housing. 

Support for homeless people

You can volunteer with community organisations that help the homeless everyday: