People experiencing homelessness
Homelessness is a growing national issue and Ku-ring-gai Council acknowledges the existence of homeless people in the Ku-ring-gai area.
People are considered homeless if they do not have accommodation that is safe, secure and appropriate. Homelessness can affect anyone and people may be experiencing homelessness due to a number of reasons including unemployment, a shortage of affordable housing, domestic and family violence, family breakdown, mental illness, financial difficulty or substance abuse issues.
Council supports the rights of all of our community members to use public spaces, including people experiencing homelessness, whilst also recognising our responsibility to ensure we have a safe and peaceful community.
The NSW Government introduced the Protocol for homeless people in public places and we are guided by this protocol when responding to concerns of homelessness in the area.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a homeless person in the Ku-ring-gai area, please complete this form(PDF, 135KB) and forward to the contacts as advised on the form. CatholicCare are the specialist homelessness service for the Ku-ring-gai area and provide support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
There are a range of services in Northern Sydney that offer homelessness support, such as housing, financial help and referrals to other services.
Crisis accommodation and support
Catholic Care Diocese of Broken Bay
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
Taldumande Youth Services
The Northern Centre
Mobile Community Pantry
Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury - Gordon
Salvation Army – Hornsby Gateway Corps
St Vincent de Paul Society - Hornsby
Crisis phone numbers
NSW Domestic Violence line
Community Housing Industry Association
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (Homeless Persons Legal Service)