Homeless Connect

Homeless Connect brings together businesses and community groups at a one-day event to give free services to people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness. The project has helped more than 15,370 people as part of Brisbane City Council's commitment to improve quality of life for all residents and to work with local communities to create a safe, prosperous and friendly city. Council held Australia's first Homeless Connect event in November 2006. Similar events are now held in Perth, Hobart and Adelaide, and on the Gold Coast.

Homeless Connect events provide the following:

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

19th Homeless Connect event

Council's 19th Homeless Connect event was held on Wednesday 28 June 2017. 

Detail Number
Guests More than 670
Volunteers More than 600
Meals More than 1700
Health checks More than 350 health checks by medical and allied health care professionals
Service providers More than 4000 visits to 55 service providers
Donations 17 pallets of food and toiletries, 29 pallets of clothes and 5 pallets of shoes

Next event

The next Homeless Connect event will be held from 9am to 2pm on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Brisbane Racing Club, Doomben Racecourse (Hampden Street, Ascot).

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

Donations

A donation drive will begin on Monday 16 October 2017 and will close on Friday 17 November 2017.

You can donate at the following locations:

Homeless Connect videos

Watch interviews and testimonials from previous Homeless Connect events.

You can also hear from the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk about his experience with Homeless Connect.

You can watch this video and other videos on Council's YouTube channel.

06 October 2017
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