Homeless Connect

Homeless Connect brings together businesses and community groups at a one-day event. It provides free services to people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of homelessness. The project has helped more than 17,920 people and is part of Brisbane City Council's commitment to improve quality of life for all residents. Council held Australia's first Homeless Connect event in November 2006.

This event is run completely by volunteers and donations from schools, businesses and residents of Brisbane.

Homeless Connect events provide the following:

  • volunteer medical and allied health care professionals such as doctors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and massage therapists
  • housing support and community support
  • haircuts by volunteer barbers and hairdressers
  • immunisation delivered by Council's immunisation team
  • personal grooming items such as face washers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant
  • clothing and shoes for adults, children and babies
  • non-perishable food items
  • lunch and entertainment.

Next event

Brisbane City Council wishes to advise that the Homeless Connect event planned for 14 May 2020 will not be able to go ahead as planned due to the Federal Government’s directive on limiting non-essential mass gatherings to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Council will be looking to hold the event at a date later in the year once advice is received from the Federal Government that gatherings are safe and able to resume.

Council is continuing to support people who are homeless or at risk of homeless via a number of other initiatives.  

Residents may wish to consider making a donation to one of the following charities.

  • GIVIT
  • Foodbank Queensland
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Micah Projects Ltd – Home for Good
  • Wesley Mission Queensland
  • Oz Harvest Brisbane
  • Communify Qld

Find out more about Council event changes relating to COVID-19.

Council is working closely with Queensland Health and the Federal Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health. Visit the Queensland Health website for more information.

Donations

The donation drive has now closed for the November 2019 Homeless Connect event. Thank you to everyone for donating non-perishable food and toiletries at your local ward office or Council library.

23rd Homeless Connect event - previous event

Council held the 23rd Homeless Connect event on Thursday 28 November 2019. 

This table provides a summary of details and numbers provided for the homeless connect event held on 27 June 2019.
Detail Number
Guests
More than 630
Volunteers
More than 330
Meals
More than 1150
Health checks
More than 210 health checks by medical and allied health care professionals
Service providers
More than 1910 visits to 60 service providers
Donations
44 pallets of food and toiletries
29 pallets of clothes
4 pallets of shoes

Homeless Connect videos

Watch interviews and testimonials from previous Homeless Connect events below. You can watch these videos and other videos on Council's YouTube channel.

 

Last updated:20 March 2020