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Homelessness is more than not having a roof over your head. It’s a complex issue that affects many groups of people, including people living in crisis accommodation, rough sleeping, those living in inadequate dwellings, or those in temporary housing.
The causes of homelessness are varied and can include a shortage of affordable and appropriate housing, unemployment, domestic and family violence, mental illness, family breakdown, substance abuse, and others.
We acknowledge that homelessness is a significant issue and requires a whole-of-community response to address.
If you’re experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, there are support services available in the Toowoomba Region.
Visit My Community Directory for a full list of local support services.
We continue to work together with stakeholders to address homelessness by:
Council respects the rights of people experiencing homelessness to access public spaces and public amenities. We will only engage with a person if:
The Queensland Government is the lead agency responsible for reducing homelessness in Queensland and provides public housing and funding to housing and homelessness services.
The Department of Housing and Public Works and local service providers ensure that people experiencing homelessness in the Toowoomba Region have access to the support services they need.
Visit the Queensland Government website for more information.
Increase your understanding and awareness of homelessness. Visit the Homelessness Australia and Council to Homeless Persons websites to learn more.
Contact a service listed in My Community Directory to see what donations they accept and the items currently needed.
Many local community organisations rely solely on the generosity of community members and ongoing support from volunteers in order to operate effectively. Contact one of your local services to offer your time and support.
Consider offering employment or training opportunities in your business or organisation to help give someone in need a chance.
Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and to feel included in our community, in a home, with an address, and as part of a neighbourhood.
The Good Hood Toowoomba brings together organisations, agencies, and individuals who are concerned about and want to work together to eliminate homelessness in the Toowoomba Region.
The Good Hood are here to support our most vulnerable citizens by:
Organisations can demonstrate their connection and participation with The Good Hood Toowoomba by signing a Charter representing its purpose and principals, agreeing that the organisation and their workers will abide by its Terms of Reference.
Contact The Good Hood Toowoomba Secretariat by email for more information.
Events are regularly held throughout the Region to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness and support our local community organisations. Get involved in Homelessness Week activities held in the first week of August, sleep-outs, and more.
View our Events Register to find upcoming events in the Toowoomba Region.