Cos We Care

Cos We Care supports the homeless and vulnerable in South Australia by providing meals and other essential items such as toiletries and clothing.

The program is open to anyone in need and can be located at South Terrace, Adelaide and Freemont Park, Elizabeth

The location opening times are available below and at the Cos We Care website.

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Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons Inc

Service is available to men aged 25 years and over who are unemployed, retired or receive the Disability Support Pension.

They provide assistance along with the Care & Housing for the Aged (ACHA) to financially disadvantaged frail aged people who are homeless or living in insecure accommodation and who are in the Intensive Rehabilitation Activity Program.

Services include: gardening, woodwork, crafts, living skills and holistic support Information, referral, housing, welfare, emergency assistance, food, furniture and other material assistance.

Mobile soup kitchen operates every day (except Saturday) from 1st Monday in May to early October at Whitmore Square at 6.30pm & Hurtle Square at 7.15pm.

*Referral and Assessment required for admission into the Intensive Rehabilitation Activity Program.

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Fred's Van Meal Service

Please check the website below for the most recent Timetable for Fred's Van.

Provides a free hot meal, blankets, clothing, food vouchers, books and referral to other community services and government agencies. Fred's Van is open to anyone in need and operates at ten locations across Adelaide and regional South Australia.

The Fred's Van Timetable showing when and where the vans will be located is available at their website

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Carrington Cottages

Carrington Cottages provides accommodation for single men 45+ that are homeless. Please contact our office, as there is no referral required.

They provide safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation for 60 men on low incomes. Providing a supportive environment for men who have been homeless to rebuild their skills, confidence and motivation to move towards independent living.

There is kitchen facilities and Oz Harvest provides some food support, so tenants can obtain something to eat if they cannot provide for themselves.

Low cost rent can be taken directly from Centrelink payments. Transport to medical and welfare appointments can be arranged.

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Adult Homelessness Service Provider Directory

Many of these organisations offer a range of community support and information services in addition to the specific homelessness programs.

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Families Homelessness Service Provider Directory

Many of these organisations offer a range of community support and information services in addition to the specific homelessness programs.

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ac.care Homelessness Service

ac.care: Empowering Individuals Facing Homelessness

ac.care serves as a vital support system for individuals confronting homelessness or at imminent risk in various locations. Their Specialist Homelessness Service offers a comprehensive range of support options tailored to the unique needs of each individual, ensuring they receive the assistance and guidance necessary to attain stability and independence.

The Homelessness Service provided by ac.care encompasses a wide array of support services, including:

- Brokerage funds

- Crisis support

- Early intervention advice and information

- Support for homeless children

- Outreach support

- Wait-list support

- Referral to other essential services

- Supported accommodation options

A Collaborative Approach

Recognizing the complexity of addressing homelessness, ac.care adopts a collaborative approach. They work closely with other organizations and the community, utilizing a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, and advocacy to ensure individuals receive personalized and non-judgmental support.

Culturally Sensitive Service Delivery

ac.care prioritizes culturally appropriate service delivery to cater to the diverse cultural backgrounds of their clients. Their Aboriginal and Multicultural Advocates ensure that services are accessible and responsive to the unique needs of Aboriginal and multicultural clients.

Who Can Access Their Service?

The homelessness service offered by ac.care is available to individuals of all ages, including youth, adults, families, and their children. Accessing their services is straightforward – individuals can visit their locations, call their office to schedule an appointment, or reach out via email at care@accare.org.au.

How They Assist

- Respectful Support: ac.care acknowledges that homelessness is the result of various factors and experiences. Their team provides unwavering support and understanding through the ups and downs of life, respecting the journey of every individual they encounter.

- Early Intervention: They believe in the power of early intervention in addressing homelessness. Their programs are designed to provide timely support, helping individuals navigate challenges and access essential resources to prevent homelessness.

Addressing Homelessness in Rural Communities

Recognizing the unique challenges of homelessness in rural areas, ac.care is committed to providing tailored support to overcome them.

Accessing Their Service

Individuals facing homelessness or at risk can contact their local ac.care office or the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308 for support. Their specialist homelessness workers will assess their needs and work with them to find safe and stable accommodation options or provide emergency relief.

Crisis Accommodation and Specialist Support

ac.care's crisis accommodation offers short-term assistance, providing a breathing space while individuals explore longer-term solutions. Additionally, their Specialist Homelessness Service offers intensive tenancy support and supportive housing packages tailored to the needs of youth, adults, and families.

Empowering Independence

At ac.care, the goal is to empower individuals affected by homelessness, helping them achieve self-reliance and independence. Their services are funded by the Federal and State Governments' National Affordable Housing Agreement and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, enabling them to continue providing vital support to those in need.

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Catherine House (Women Only)

Catherine House has accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness, who are 18 years and older, and unaccompanied by children.

Offering a range of services to women including: emergency accommodation services, transitional housing services, supported accommodation for clients with mental health concerns, and support services through the Catherine House Women’s Centre.

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Code RED & Code BLUE

Code RED & Code BLUE is a response to extreme weather aiming to reduce the harmful effects on people rough sleeping by:

- connecting them with support services

- providing additional services including extended operating hours for services, increased shelter options, additional food services, sunscreen etc.

Housing SA activates Code Red and Code Blue, coordinating the response across South Australia in partnership with other services.

When a Code Red or Code Blue response is activated, homelessness services will visit known rough sleeper locations to make people aware of the supports available to them.

Triggers for Code Red

- An extreme heat watch is issued if there are three or more days in a row with an average daily temperature over 29°C eg - 36°C daytime and 22°C overnight. An extreme heat watch activates standby status in preparation for a Code Red activation

- An extreme heat warning is issued where there are three or more days days in a row with an average daily temperature over 32°C eg - 40°C daytime and 24°C overnight. An extreme heat warning triggers a Code Red activation

- Any other factors related to extreme heat which require a Code Red response.

Triggers for Code Blue

- Conditions predicted to continue for at least three days by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) with any two of the following:

- temperatures dropping below an average night-time low of 6°C

- significant rainfall causing difficulty for unsheltered individuals to remain dry

- damaging wind gusts pose a high risk for the safety of unsheltered individuals.

- Conditions predicted by BOM to continue for at least five days, when temperatures drop below an average night-time low of 5°C

- Any other factors related to extreme winter weather which require a Code Blue response.

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