Support for people experiencing homelessness
If you are at-risk or experiencing homelessness, there are services to support you. You can use the following resources to help find the right service for you.
If you are in danger, please call 000
Homeless Hotline is a phone information and referral service for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
1800 474 753
Ask Izzy is free and anonymous, and you can search over 350 000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more.
If you’re on the Telstra mobile network, you can access Ask Izzy even if you don’t have credit.
Wesley LifeForce Service Finder
Wesley LifeForce has developed this responsive website to provide fast and reliable access to suicide prevention and crisis support contact numbers from any location in Australia.
1800 811 811 – Womensline
DVConnect’s Womensline is Queensland’s only 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year crisis response telephone helpline. DVConnect helps Queenslanders who want to escape domestic violence. The service is for anyone identifying as a female, regardless of age, accessibility, ethnicity, gender orientation, or ethnicity. This includes friends in the LGBTIQ community.
The goal is to respond to your immediate safety needs.DVConnect can provide you with:
- Emergency transport ie taxi, bus, train or plane to remove you from violence
- Safe, emergency motel accommodation
- Specialist crisis counselling
- Safety planning, Information, referrals and support for those living with domestic violence
- Safe accommodation for pets through the Pets In Crisis program.
1800 600 636 – Mensline
DVConnect Mensline is a free, confidential telephone counselling, referral, information and support, service for Queenslanders identifying as male, and who may be experiencing or using domestic and family violence. This service is available 9am until midnight, 7 days a week. In the last financial year, DVConnect’s Mensline received almost 15,000 phone calls and referrals.
DVConnect’s Mensline offers counselling, referral, information and support for:
- Men who are using violence in their relationships
- Men who are experiencing domestic and family violence
- Others seeking support for men using or experiencing domestic and family violence.
My Community Directory
Australians face a range of social, health, and welfare challenges. Solving these challenges requires information. However good information is hard to find.
My Community Directory is the one place Australians find quality, online health and community information to meet these challenges now and in the future.
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline are committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.
Call 13 11 14 or chat online via their website
For more mental health support information click here.
The Handy Guide for Homeless Women
The Handy Guide for Homeless Women has been developed by The Lady Musgrave Trust to provide support services for women who are without shelter or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides details for vital services including:
- Emergency phone numbers
- Accommodation such as emergency accommodation, short and long-term accommodation units and housing services
- Food and welfare such as food vans, kitchens, laundry, showers, and Centrelink
- Support centres such as Drop-in Centres, Community Centres, and Assessment and Referral Services
- Health services such as emergency choices, street doctors, and specialty services
- Legal assistance for tenancy/housing problems, victims of crime, Centrelink and more
- Community and specialist services for domestic violence support, family support and immigration support
- Facilities such as public libraries, lockers, free transport and toilets
Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice & Referral Services
1300 744 263
Hours of operation – 9am -5pm Mon-Fri
Evening advice- 5pm -7pm Tue and Wed
QSTARS Advice Line can assist:
- Residential tenants, rooming residents, boarders and prospective renters.
- Advice if you are having a tenancy dispute with your lessor, agent or provider.
- Advice if you are renting in private rental (from an agent or private lessor), in social housing (in public or community housing) or renting in a caravan park or boarding house.
The Reconnect Program is a community based early intervention and prevention program for young people aged 12 to 18 years (or 12 to 21 years in the case of newly arrived youth) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and their families.
The aim of Reconnect is to prevent homelessness by intervening early with families and young people to stabilise and improve their housing situation and improve their level of engagement with family, education, training, employment and their local community.
Reconnect helps around 7,900 young people each year to improve their relationships with their family, stay at school and to participate in their local community.
Reconnect services provide counselling, group work, mediation and practical support to the whole family, to help break the cycle of homelessness. Reconnect providers also purchase other services to meet the individual needs of clients, such as specialised mental health services.
Find your nearest Reconnect service here.
Resources for the housing and homelessness sector
The Deck is a database aiming to support Queensland’s housing and homelessness sector through the exchange of information, resources, research, tools and events.