Housing supply and homelessness are complex and multifaceted issues with all levels of government having a role to play. Council seeks to work collaboratively with the Federal and State Governments to improve support services and address underlying factors placing upward pressure on homelessness, such as lack of affordable housing.
The Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and the Digital Economy (DCHDE) is the lead agency responsible for reducing homelessness in Queensland. DCHDE provide public housing and funding to housing and homelessness service providers. For more information, visit DCHDE.
Moreton Bay Regional Council does not provide housing for persons experiencing homelessness. Council refers persons experiencing homelessness to DCHDE and Moreton Bay Care Coordination team.
How is Council responds to the issue?
When cases of homelessness are identified, Council will seek the person’s details and their consent to pass on their information to the Moreton Bay Care Coordination team for assessment and referral to personal support and accommodation services.
If a person is not homeless or declines assistance, the matter is one of illegal camping and will be managed by Council according to Local Laws.
Council respects the privacy of people experiencing homelessness and their right to access public amenities and participate in public activities. When a person is participating with support and accommodation agencies, Council will subsequently only engage with a person if:
- They appear to be in medical distress and require assistance
- Their personal possessions limit access to or affect the use of public amenities
- They are not complying with a relevant local law or regulation.
Please phone Council on (07) 3205 0555 if you suspect that a person may be experiencing homelessness and needs support.
Council maintains the privacy and confidentially of all personal information and is unable to discuss individual cases with members of the public.