Homelessness (HPLS)

The Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) provides free legal assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We run 15 outreach clinics in Sydney and Newcastle. Read more 

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Dave from StreetCare video appearing on Youtube

What you need to know about homelessness 17 Aug 2017

For Homelessness Week we asked four members of PIAC’s homeless consumer advocacy committee, StreetCare, what they wanted people to know about homelessness. Here’s what Maddy, AJ, Carol and Dave had to say. Watch the video on YouTube

Proposed homelessness laws heavy-handed and counter-productive

9 Aug 2017

The NSW Government’s proposed new laws to give police more power to forcibly evict homeless people from public spaces are...

Sleeping rough, stigma and the importance of home

3 Jul 2017

It’s time to talk about homelessness   Despite Australia’s record economic boom, rates of homelessness have been on the rise...

Facing the outside world – the voices of those who exit prison into homelessness

19 May 2017

By Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness, Public Interest Advocacy Centre “All I’ve known is crime and drugs and jail....

Submission to the UN: DV the most common cause of homelessness

10 May 2017

Domestic and family violence is the most common cause of homelessness in Australia, according to the NGO report to the...

About this project

The Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) addresses the legal needs of homeless people and plays an active role in reducing homelessness.

With the support of pro bono lawyers from some of Australia’s leading law firms, we run free legal clinics for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our in-house lawyers also provide legal representation in criminal and civil law matters.

We work closely with government and service providers on issues relating to homelessness, and develop policy through our consumer advisory committee, StreetCare.

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