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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Jenny Brockie

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 for years, and the social stigma surrounding homelessness only perpetuates the problem.       Join the host of SBS’s...

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...

New clinics: Homeless Persons' Legal Service

21 Apr 2017

PIAC’s Homeless Persons Legal Service (HPLS) is set to start two new clinics in Kings Cross and Bondi, building on...

Vulnerable at risk as community legal centres face 'funding cliff'

7 Mar 2017

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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