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 17,290 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. Perth and the Gold Coast hold similar events.

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 including 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

The next Homeless Connect event will be held on Thursday 28 November 2019. You can register your interest to volunteer for this event by visiting the Volunteering Queensland website.

Housing and community support organisations can register an interest to attend this event by emailing the Safe Communities Officer.

Donations

From 14 October to 15 November 2019, Council is accepting donations of non-perishable food or toiletries at your local ward office and toiletries only at your local Council library.

22nd Homeless Connect event - previous event

Council held the 22nd Homeless Connect event on Thursday 27 June 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 710
Volunteers
More than 360
Meals
More than 1090
Health checks
More than 240 health checks by medical and allied health care professionals
Service providers
More than 2503 visits to 50 service providers
Donations
14 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:30 October 2019