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 18,580 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 relies on 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 toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant
  • clothing, including shoes
  • non-perishable food items
  • breakfast, lunch and live entertainment.

Next event

The next Homeless Connect event will be held on Thursday 18 November 2021 at Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills (Corner of Alexandria Street and Gregory Terrace).

You can register your interest to volunteer for this event by visiting the Volunteering Queensland website.

Donations

The donation drive for the November 2021 Homeless Connect event will run from 27 September-5 November 2021. Donate by taking non-perishable food and toiletries to your local ward office or local Council library. Note: Council cannot accept clothing donations for this event, please take clothing donations to your local charity shop.

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

Council prioritises the health and wellbeing of all guests, volunteers and employees in the planning and management of events such as Homeless Connect, and all events comply the requirements of Queensland Health. Visit the Queensland Health website for more information.

24th Homeless Connect event - previous event

Council held the 24th Homeless Connect event on Thursday 20 May 2021. 

This table provides a summary of details and numbers provided for the homeless connect event held on 20 May 2021
Detail Number
Guests
660
Volunteers
350
Meals
More than 1370
Health checks
More than 195 health consultations by medical and allied health care professionals
Service providers
More than 1355 visits to 62 service providers
Donations
37 pallets of food and toiletries
14 pallets of clothes
3 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: 15 September 2021