Housing and homelessness

Homeless

Council is working to address this significant social issue in the Tweed.

Council must balance community needs and expectations, regulatory responsibilities and respecting people's rights.

Around 308 people identified as homeless in the Tweed on Census night in 2011. In 2016 this increased to 444 people.

In 2011, across the Tweed, 14% were classified as primary homeless (rough sleepers). In 2016 this increased to 48% (ABS 2016). The primary reasons people are homeless in NSW are:

  • 65% - accommodation issues
  • 53% - financial issues
  • 48% - domestic violence and relationship issues
  • 35% - other
  • 27% - health reasons (including mental health issues and substance abuse) 

Homelessness policy

Tweed Shire Council was one of the first local governments in NSW to adopt a Homelessness Policy (2015).

Our current homelessness policy(PDF, 90KB) was adopted on 12 December 2018. Also see homelessness policy review(PDF, 161KB)

In partnership with the housing and homelessness sector and other tiers of government, Council is committed to a collaborative approach to shifting the trajectory for people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness.

Council's homelessness policy outlines the following to prevent and reduce homelessness:

  • education and advocacy
  • facilitation and coordination
  • Council services and compliance
  • land-use planning
  • monitoring and research

Committees, interagency, networks and working groups

Council provides Secretariat support to the Tweed Housing and Homelessness Network which aims to build an innovative and integrated housing and homeless service system. The aim is to maximise opportunities to address homelessness and housing needs at all levels, including government, service providers, community and those most at risk.

Meetings: first Thursday of every month - new members are welcome

Time: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Location: rotates between Murwillumbah Community Centre and The Family Centre, Tweed Heads.

Call02 6670 2400

Events and activities supported

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Youth Homelessness Matters Day is held each year during National Youth Week. It aims to raise public awareness about youth homelessness and celebrate the resilience of young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in Australia.

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is held in October each year. A range of activities aim to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia and overseas.

Policy and strategic documents

A range of policies and strategic documents are used to guide engagement and planning for homeless people across the Tweed. These include the Community Profile, Census data, Issues Papers, Policies and Community Strategic Plan.

Local support for the homeless

Local agencies and community groups supporting the homeless

NSW Housing - Link2Home

1800 152 152 (free call)
If you are homeless today and need temporary accommodation. 

Momentum Collective

1300 355 305
Providing assistance to Aboriginal people and women and children experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.

Social Futures - Connecting Home - adult

1800 048 310
For adults that are homeless or at risk of homelessness seeking support, information and/or advocacy about housing issues.

The Family Centre - Connecting Home - youth

07 5589 1800
For young people (16-24 years) that are homeless or at risk of homelessness seeking support, information or advocacy about housing issues.

Homeless Hotline (QLD)

1800 474 753 (free call)
A phone information and referral service for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness in Queensland.

Housing, tenancy advice and information

Housing NSW
1800 422 322 (Free Call)

North Coast Community Housing
07 5523 5800

Momentum Collective Community Housing
1300 355 305

NSW Fair Trading
13 32 20

Northern Rivers Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service
02 6621 1022
1800 649 135

Northern NSW Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service
1800 248 913 (Free Call)

Tenants NSW

LawAccess NSW
1300 888 529 (Free Call)

7CareConnect
An online tool that displays service locations and information for people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness in the Tweed area or the Gold Coast.

Ask Izzy
A website connecting people in crisis to local support services.