Homelessness support

The City of Adelaide delivers and supports initiatives for vulnerable people, including people experiencing homelessness in the city.

Strategies to connect with the homelessness sector and support their activities include neighbourhood development, provision of community infrastructure, community grant funding, and providing support referrals to people sleeping rough in the city.

In 2020, the South Australian Government announced a significant reform agenda for the homelessness sector. In response the SA Housing Authority has established five alliances, to service the complex and evolving needs of clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness across South Australia. This comprises four regional homelessness alliances, and one state-wide domestic and family violence alliance, which commenced operations on 1 July 2021.

The Alliance approach involves multiple non-government partners coming together to develop integrated service networks with supporting behaviours and practices.

Each of the four regionally based Alliances have a geographic focus to better tailor responses according to their cohort's need. The Adelaide CBD sits within the Southern Alliance which has been branded the Toward Home Alliance and brings together Aboriginal Community Services, Baptist Care SA, Mission Australia, Sonder, The Salvation Army and is being led by Lutheran Care.

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Adelaide CBD, Southern metro or Adelaide Hills regions can connect with Toward Home services by calling 1800 809 273, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours or areas call Homeless Connect SA on 1800 003 308 (free call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Adelaide Zero Project

The City of Adelaide is a proud partner of the Adelaide Zero Project. The project, led by the Don Dunstan Foundation, is committed to ending street homelessness in the city. The plan aims to achieve ‘functional zero homelessness’ in Adelaide’s CBD by 2020, ensuring available housing placements are fully utilised to assist homeless people.

Find out more about the Adelaide Zero Project.

Getting involved

You too, can get involved and provide support, either through taking part in fundraising activities, volunteering or by simply making a donation.

Each year Hutt St Centre serves around 50,000 meals and offers social work and support services to nearly 2,000 people. You can show your support for people facing homelessness by volunteering, donating clothes or participating in their annual Walk A Mile In My Boots event.

Find out more about Walk a Mile in My Boots.

The unique Do Unto Others (DUOs) program was established to reach out to the homeless, vulnerable and marginalised, build community and restore dignity in the city of Adelaide. Opening at 4:00 pm, guests are welcomed into full table service, a hot meal, tea and coffee and some genuine care and conversation. Throughout the evening they can share board games, table tennis and find pre-loved clothing.

The Magdalene Centre in Adelaide is a welcoming place which offers a range of anti-poverty services, with the aim of supporting people as they regain control of their lives. The Magdalene Centre assists people with housing advice, legal issues, financial counselling and emergency relief.

Donate to the Magdalene Centre.

Baptist Care SA’s WestCare Emergency Relief Program assisted 367 individuals and 387 families last year. You can help them by making food donations.

Check their website for a full list of donatable food and drop off details. 

The St Vincent de Paul Society SA (Vinnies) is asking people to search their wardrobes for any clothing they may be able to donate, in child and adult sizes. Anything in good condition that hasn’t been worn for twelve months is usually suitable to donate. As many people find it difficult to get to a shop during working hours, Vinnies can also collect large donations from workplaces and schools.

Find out the many ways you can donate to Vinnies.

Services for the vulnerable and homeless

Please check individual websites for the most up to date services and opening times as some are frequently changing through covid-19.

182 - 190 Wakefield Street

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

8223 4204

Support for men aged 25 years and over.

32 Moore Street

Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

8232 0048 

Offering employment options and assistance.

237 North Terrace

8359 3450

27 Selby Street

Weekdays 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (Monday and Thursday until 4pm). Closed 1st Friday of each month

8231 4801

11–19 Millers Court

Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

8118 5200

Gawler Place between Flinders and Wakefield Streets

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 6:00 pm

Whitmore Square 

Wednesday 6:30 pm

8112 8700

135 Currie Street 

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

1800 807 364

258 Hutt Street

Monday to Saturday 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

8418 2500

Shop 9, Millers Arcade, 28 Hindley Street 

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (by appointment only)

8212 0085

182–190 Wakefield Street

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (on Monday medical assistance ends at 1:00 pm)

8406 1600

Multiple locations across SA

1800 060 462


Port Rd

Open 24 hours

7074 0000


120 Flinders Street

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

8207 0211

62 Whitmore Square

Services and programs are on hold

8212 2855

62 Whitmore Square

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

8110 8500

Offering counselling by phone or other technology.

43 Franklin Street (U-City building)

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (nurse drop in Monday to Friday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm). 

8202 5950

82 Gilbert Street

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am

8305 9434

Hutt Street Centre (258 Hutt St), Westcare Centre (11-19 Millers Court)

Daily 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

1800 809 273

Free COVID-19 testing available weekdays 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Emergency Food Relief appointments (in-person only) - Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am. Vouchers provided to the Food Hub.

11 - 19 Millers Court (off Wright Street) 

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (meals are takeaway only, showers 10:30 am to 11:30 am only)

8118 5200