Canberra Homeless Connect
2019

No registration is required for guests, everyone is free to come along.

11AM to 3PM
Thursday the 17th of October

EARLY MORNING CENTRE

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What is Canberra Homeless Connect?

Canberra Homeless Connect is a one-day event connecting people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness with the services and support they need. It is one of many Homeless Connect events being held across Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.

Event Details

The Canberra Homeless Connect event will bring together people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with free services and support that they need whether it be a hot meal, a haircut or access to an agency that can help. Last year we had over 100 guests attend the event. We had over 30 stalls, from dental care to legal support to haircuts and pet food. Attendees were able to talk to local support services were given free toiletries, warm clothes and food.

  • Phones and data cards
  • Dental care items
  • Health services
  • Art workshops
  • AOD support
  • Financial counselling
  • Legal help
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry services
  • Food and drinks
  • Clothing
  • Haircuts
  • Makeup
  • Pet food

Cost: No registration is required for guests, everyone is free to come along.

Time:  11AM to 3PM

When: Thursday, 17 October 2019

Where: Canberra City Uniting Church (home of the EMC)

The Facts

1 %
of All people

and 17% of children in Australia live in poverty    

1
Australians
1 %
MALES
1 %
FEMALES

are homeless each night representing 50 homeless people per 10,000

1
Canberrans

are experiencing homelessness

While more males were homeless on Census night, 59% of people supported by specialist homelessness services are female​

National Figures

  • 12% of all people and 17% of children in Australia live in poverty
  • 116,000 Australians are homeless each night representing 50 homeless people per 10,000
  • 56% are male and 44% are female
  • While more males were homeless on Census night, 59% of people supported by specialist homelessness services are female
  • 14% increase of all homeless people in Australia between 2011 & 2016
  • Children under the age of 18 make up around 27% of people experiencing homelessness
  • People aged between 20 to 30 made up a quarter of all people experiencing homelessness
  • Young people from refugee backgrounds are at least six times more likely to become homeless
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s rate of homelessness is 487 per 10,000 compared to 49 per 10,000 in the Australian population
  • Young women aged 15-24 have the highest rate of assistance from Specialist Homelessness Services
  • People over 55 are much more likely to access the hospital system and data shows that 64% of people living on the street are at risk of death within 5 years
  • The number of older women experiencing homelessness has increased by 31% in the past five years
  • People with disabilities make up about 18% of the general population, but about 25% of the clients of specialist homeless services

ACT Figures

  • Canberra is leading the country in decreasing homelessness, despite a growing population. Help us to continue this trend and erase homelessness entirely and HAC homelessness.
  • However, the ACT recorded the biggest percentage rise in rough sleepers with a 74.2% increase
  • 39,311 people experiencing homelessness across ACT & NSW
  • 1,596 Canberrans are experiencing homelessness
  • 73% increase in the number of people in overcrowded dwellings in ACT & NSW between 2011 & 2016
  • 1 in 102 people in the ACT received homelessness assistance
  • The top three causes of homelessness in Canberra are housing crisis, relationship/family breakdown and financial difficulties

Get Involved

Homelessness is a growing national problem in Australia. While the 2016 Census indicated that Canberra is leading the country in decreasing homelessness, despite a growing population, we have had the biggest percentage increase in rough sleepers and homelessness continues to affect many Canberrans. Because of this, we are calling on your help to assist people experiencing homelessness in Canberra by:

    • Becoming a vendor at Canberra Homeless Connect
    • Donating time or services for the event
    • Sharing the event with your friends, family, colleagues and service users

Canberra Homeless Connect is 100% fueled by donations All donations will be used towards the purchase of items to give away to Homeless Connect Canberra guests.

Make a donation

By making a donation you will be helping supporting Canberrans doing it tough.

We would appreciate it if you could please email us at canberrahomelessconnect@gmail.com to confirm your donation made is for the Homeless Connect event, and so we can thank you for your contribution.

About Us

Canberra Homeless Connect works for the wellbeing, survival, and protection of people who are experiencing homelessness in Canberra by connecting them with service providers and a supportive community.

The Canberra Homeless Connect annual event is organised with the help of:

  • The Early Morning Centre
  • Northside Community Services
  • OneLink
  • Orange Sky Laundry
  • PwC
  • Simplfi
  • Street Law
  • Ted Noffs
  • St Vincent De Paul Society
  • YWCA Canberra

Contact Us

Leave us a message

69 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601

Canberra City Uniting Church (home of the EMC)