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Homeless Support

The City of Adelaide delivers and supports initiatives for vulnerable people, including people experiencing homelessness in the city. We use a range of strategies to connect with the homelessness sector and support their activities including neighbourhood development, provision of community infrastructure, community grant funding, and providing support referrals to people sleeping rough in the city.

See below for more information on ways you can provide support either through taking part in fundraising activities, volunteering or by simply making a donation. There is also a comprehensive list and map of homelessness services below for those looking to access assistance.

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 City of Adelaide is one of 35 partners contributing to the development and implementation of the project plan. 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 and the project plan here.

Hutt St Centre

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.

Get involved

Salvation Army

Do Unto Others (DUOs) - This unique program was established to reach out to the homeless, vulnerable and marginalised, build community and restore dignity in the city of Adelaide.

Opening at 5pm through to midnight, guests are welcomed in to full table service, a hot meal, tea and coffee and some genuine care and conversation. Throughout the evening they share board games, table tennis, pre-loved clothing, a cinema room and beds for those in need of rest.

Become a volunteer

Anglicare

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.

Make a donation

Baptist Care SA

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 staples required and drop off details.

Donate food

St Vincent De Paul Society SA

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.

Make a donation

Christmas Support

A variety of service providers and resturants can provide assistance over the Christmas peroid in the form of hampers, gifts, Christmas day meals and emergency assistance. 

Hampers/Gifts

  • Magdalene Centre: 82 Gilbert Street
    • Families who have been receiving assistance from the Centre during the year are eligible for Christmas hampers.
      Applications are taken by the Centre and then a time arranged for when they can be collected.
      Hampers include food and toys.

  • ​St Vincent De Paul

    • ​Christmas Hampers are available, to those that have registered.

​​​Christmas Day Meal

  • ​Baptist Care: 11-19 Millers Court (off Wright Street)

    • Christmas Lunch from 12noon
      All welcome, no registration required

  • ​Hutt Street Centre: 258 Hutt Street

    • Christmas breakfast and lunch is available.
      Breakfast starts at 7.30am
      Lunch starts at 11.30am
      All welcome, no registration required

  • St Luke's: Whitmore Square

    • Christmas Lunch from 11am
      All welcome, no registrations required

  • Jamie’s Italian Restaurant: King William Street

    • Christmas Day Lunch.
      Registration required

​​​Emergency Assistance

  • Baptist Care: 11-19 Millers Court (off Wright Street)
    • Emergency assistance is available to anyone who attends the centre and food to assist families over Christmas.
      People will need to fit within intake criteria.
      The Centre is open for emergency assistance between 9am and 11.30am Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

A document listing all the above Christmas services can be accessed here.

Services

A comprehensive list of homeless support services can be found on our map here, or please see condensed list below:

  • Aboriginal Sobriety Group | 182–190 Wakefield Street | Mon–Fri 9am–5pm | 8223 4204
  • Adelaide Day Centre | 32 Moore Street | Mon–Fri 8.30am–4pm | 8232 0048 (for males 25+)
  • The Big Issue | 237 North Terrace | Employment options and assistance | 8359 3450
  • Brian Burdekin Clinic | 27 Selby Street | weekdays 8.30am–12pm (Mon & Thurs until 4pm) | 8231 4801
  • Food Hub (Baptist Care) | 11–19 Millers Court | Mon–Thu 10am–3pm | 8118 5200
  • Fred’s Van | Gawler Place between Flinders and Wakefield Streets | Mon–Thu 7pm; Sun 6pm | 8112 8700
  • HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve) Trace-A-Place | 135 Currie Street | Mon–Fri 7am–7pm | 1800 807 364
  • Housing SA | 120 Flinders Street | Mon–Fri 9am–5pm | 8207 0211
  • Hutt Street Centre | 258 Hutt Street | Mon–Fri 7am–4.30pm, Sat 7–9am | 8418 2500
  • Multicultural Youth SA (MYSA) | Shop 9, Millers Arcade, 28 Hindley Street | 8212 0085
  • Nunkuwarrin Yunti | 182–190 Wakefield Street | Mon 9am–1pm, Tues–Fri 9am–5pm | 8406 1600
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital | Port Rd | open 24 hours | 7074 0000
  • Salvation Army Sobering Up Unit | 62 Whitmore Square | 8212 2855
  • Salvation Army Community Support Service | 277 Pirie Street | 8223 7776
  • Salvation Army Towards Independence Network of Services | 62 Whitmore Square | Mon–Fri 9am–4pm | 8110 8500
  • Street to Home Hub (NEAMI) | 73–79 Light Square | daily 6am–9pm | 1800 811 180
  • Streetlink Youth Health Service | 16 Pitt Street | Mon- Fri 1pm-4.30pm | 8202 5950
  • St Vincent de Paul Homeless Men’s Crisis Accommodation Service | 28 Whitmore Square | 8231 2250
  • The Magdalene Centre (Anglicare) | 82 Gilbert Street | Mon–Fri 10am – 3pm | 8305 9389
  • TIAS (Tenants’ Information and Advisory Services) (SYC) | 1800 060 462
  • Westcare Centre (Baptist Care) | 11–19 Millers Court (off Wright Street) | Mon –Fri 9am–5pm | 8118 5200

Additional services can be found through the map link above.

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