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 the online form which will be forwarded to Catholic Care and Link Housing. 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

Mission Australia

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

Taldumande Youth Services

Housing services

Link Housing

The Northern Centre

Food services

The Dish

Fusion Australia

Hornsby Connect

Lifesource FoodCare

Mobile Community Pantry

Practical assistance

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury - Gordon

Salvation Army – Hornsby Gateway Corps

St Vincent de Paul Society - Hornsby

Crisis phone numbers


NSW Domestic Violence line

Peak bodies

Homelessness NSW


Shelter NSW

Community Housing Industry Association

Public Interest Advocacy Centre (Homeless Persons Legal Service)