The Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic (HPLC) provides free legal representation and advice to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness at a number of community agencies across Queensland.
'There's no place like HPLC' » The pro bono partnership between the HPLC and Herbert Smith Freehills has created innovative ways to address the complex, multiple legal needs of disadvantaged people. We reported on this partnership in the June 2013 edition of Proctor
Who is homeless?
In the 2006 Census, there were over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia. This national figure includes over 16,300 people sleeping rough or in squats, 20,000 in crisis accommodation and refuges, 21,600 in boarding houses, and 47,000 people staying temporarily with friends or relatives.
In Queensland, as at December 2012, there were 38,930 applicants waiting for public housing, while the rental market had a critically low vacancy rate of 3.1%. In this context, the margin in which people can fall into homelessness and associated forms of disadvantage expands.