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

The next Homeless Connect event will be held in May 2020. 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

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:8 January 2020