Wednesday 9th August 2023
Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre
Our Annual Event
Hunter Homeless Connect Day is an annual event that links people to vital services such as accommodation and housing providers, health and wellbeing, legal and financial assistance, employment, study, and general support to people who are experiencing homelessness, doing it tough and/or are at risk of homelessness.
This is delivered in an environment that maintains dignity, fosters a culture of connectedness, and encourages a sense of being a valued member of the community. To get a feel for the event take a look at our videos below.
The event has been running since 2009 and each year up to 1,500 guests attend, accessing a one-stop-shop of human and community services, including assistance with housing, birth certificates, legal & financial problems, electricity, gas and water bills, employment/study, domestic violence support, drug & alcohol issues, health screening & information including immunisations, eye tests, diabetes checks, mental health services and more. Extras include free haircuts and food, as well as entertainment and sporting activities.
We had a three year enforced break due to the pandemic, but we were back in 2022 in full force, see the video below.
Hunter Homeless Connect Day is delivered by a ‘community coalition’ of government and non-government services and volunteers, with in-kind and financial support from organisations, community partners and individuals across the Hunter.
Home in Place (formerly Compass Housing) has provided us with a dedicated event coordinator since 2012.