Most of us tend to take for granted the safe and stable roof over our heads, however, for some families, tonight that basic necessity is one that they fear living without. This is a resource about emergency housing for families in Brisbane.
Sadly, there are a variety of circumstances that can lead to a family becoming homeless, and, in most cases, this change is one that can often come about quite suddenly or without warning. In Brisbane, numerous organisations can help assist if you find yourself in need of emergency housing. Be it due to a natural disaster, unsafe living conditions, or another reason, below is a list of people and places you can call who specialise in supporting those who find themselves without a home and in need of crisis housing.
What is emergency housing and who is it for?
Emergency and crisis accommodation is temporary or short-term housing that is safe, secure, and affordable (or free in some cases), and is designed for families who, for one reason or another, have found themselves homeless, in crisis, at risk of homelessness, or in need of support to transition to independent livings. They are usually run by not-for-profit organisations and include women’s refuges, youth refuges and major crisis-supported accommodation services.
Places That Deal With Crisis Housing
Brisbane Community Directory
This online directory lists up-to-date information on crisis and emergency accommodation in Brisbane.
Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross provides a Crisis and Emergency Accommodation service in the name of a Health & Well-being Centre, which is also known as the Emergency Medical Accommodation Centre (EMAC). To contact the Brisbane office, please call: 1300 554 419.
When you’re looking for support, Ask Izzy can help you to find the services you need, right now and nearby. It is a free and anonymous site to use, and you can search over 350,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more. This is a fantastic resource and, by simply putting in your location and needs, you will be provided with a list of local contacts who can help.
St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies)
St Vincent de Paul provides a range of help for families in need, including crisis accommodation, financial support services, and food. To find out more about any of these areas, click here, visit a local Vinnies centre or shop, or call (07) 3010 1096.
Inala Family Accommodation Project
Provides temporary crisis accommodation for families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For more information or for assistance please call (07) 3372 7188.
Family and Kids Care Foundation Inc.
The Family and Kids Care Foundation is a crisis accommodation centre for young people and adults 18 years old or over and for families with children. They offer emergency accommodation, available for a maximum of twelve weeks. They also provide crisis support, information, referral, advocacy, and assistance to develop independent living and budgeting skills. You can reach them on (07) 3808 5288.
The Salvation Army (Salvos)
The Salvation Army offers emergency relief and material aid for families in crisis, ranging from meals or food vouchers to emergency accommodation. Click here to find help, visit a centre, or call their 24-hour care line on 1300 36 36 22.
Anglicare provides support for women experiencing homelessness. They provide holistic support via a range of services, as well as accommodation to help women rebuild their self-worth to make sustainable changes in their lives. For accommodation and vacancies, contact (07) 3377 3110.
Churches of Christ Queensland (COC)
Churches of Christ Queensland offers crisis, transitional and long-term housing to families and individuals of all ages, and support is available to assist tenants with income arrangements, budgeting and referral to specialist services. They can be reached on (07) 3327 1600.
HART 4000 believes that housing is a basic human right and they work with adults and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to find the home that suits their needs. They offer housing advocacy and support, direct referrals to emergency accommodation providers, referrals to and assistance with community and social housing, applications, support letters, bond loan and rental grant applications, TICA checks, assistance to get housed and stay housed, as well as case coordination and support. You can contact them on (07) 3510 2700.
3rd Space works with people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, for example, someone who is living in their car, temporarily with a friend, or a person who has been given a week to leave their current housing. They also are able to help those who are currently housed but at risk of homelessness, for example, a family who are struggling to maintain a tenancy after emergency hospitalisation or losing a job. Phone (07) 3254 1144 to speak with them today.
Home for Good
Home for Good works to find sustainable solutions for people who are homeless, or for individuals and families who might become homeless without support. You can call them on (07) 3036 4444.
My Friend’s Place
My Friends’ Place is a not for profit organisation that provides affordable short-term and emergency accommodation to women who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness as a result of violence or abuse.
Your Town provides refuge accommodation for families who are experiencing homelessness or domestic violence.
RSL Australia provides short- to medium-term accommodation for service personnel who are homeless as a result of crisis. The service primarily targets veterans, but others can be accommodated if space is available. For more information you can call them on (07) 3634 9444.
Brisbane Youth Service (BYS)
Brisbane Youth Service has been operating in Fortitude Valley since 1977. In that time, they have helped tens of thousands of young people (aged 12 to 25 years) who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, and their accompanying children. BYS assists vulnerable young people to find and maintain appropriate housing, address physical and mental health issues and establish successful relationships and support networks. Contact (07) 3620 2400.
Lifeline offers support to those who are going through a crisis. Should you require advice or emotional support please contact them on 13 11 14.
Social Housing Assistance
Social Housing Assistance provides public housing information and assistance for people on low incomes and provides assistance for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Home for Good
Home for Good works to find sustainable solutions for people who are homeless or for individuals and families who might become homeless without support.
Homeless Hotline is a phone information and referral service for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Call 1800 474 753 or find out more here.
Brisbane offers multiple services and advice lines for people who are looking for emergency or crisis information. Never feel as though your situation is hopeless. These services are here to help and will work with you to find a solution that will help keep your family safe and with a roof over their heads.
Also check out our page on Crisis Help for Brisbane Families in Need