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If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness and require legal assistance from Homeless Law please call 1800 606 313 (free call from landlines) or 03 8636 4408

About Justice Connect's Homeless Law

Homeless Law is a specialist legal service that provides free information, legal advice and representation to people who are homeless or risk of homelessness. Legal assistance is provided by pro bono lawyers at homelessness assistance services around metropolitan Melbourne, Footscray, and Geelong.

Who can we assist?

We assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (including people who are in transitional, emergency or social housing and low income people facing eviction into homelessness).

What legal issues can we assist with?

We can assist people with the following legal issues:

  • Housing and tenancy (in particular preventing evictions – please call us if you have received a Notice to Vacate, have a VCAT hearing or are otherwise facing eviction into homelessness)
  • Fines and infringements connected to homelessness
  • Guardianship and administration orders
  • Credit and debt problems
  • Some criminal law matters

For more detailed list of eligible legal issues, click here.

We cannot assist with family law matters. For these matters we ordinarily recommend contacting the Victoria Legal Aid advice line on 1300 792 387 or your local community legal service who may be able to assist (find your local CLC here).

What can we do for clients and caseworkers?

Eligible clients will be booked into one of Homeless Law's 7 weekly outreach clinics and can receive ongoing legal representation, including advice, negotiation and representation at courts and VCAT.

Where Homeless Law is not able to assist, caseworkers or clients will be given information about other legal and non-legal services that may be able to assist.

How can you make a booking?

If you or someone you are assisting requires legal assistance, call our free call number 1800 606 313 (free call off landlines only) or 03 8636 4408. We are a small team and if we are unable to take the call please leave a message and we will call you back within 24 hours. If the matter is urgent, please say so in the message.

If you are a caseworker looking to make an enquiry on behalf of a client, you can also use this online enquiry form.

 


Outreach locations

Please note that assistance is provided by appointment only, we do not provide a drop in service.

Melbourne City Mission
229 Barkly Street
Footscray VIC 3011
Mondays 10.30am - 12:30pm
 
VACRO (Service for offenders, prisoners and their families)
Level 1, 116 Hardware Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tuesdays 1pm – 3pm
 
Launch Housing (formerly HomeGround)
1A/68 Oxford Street
Collingwood VIC 3066
Wednesdays 12pm - 2pm

SalvoConnect
35 Myers Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Thursdays 12pm - 2pm
 
Central City Community Health Service (cohealth)
53 Victoria Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Thursdays & Fridays 11am - 1pm

What legal issues can we help with?

25 September 2013
If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness and require legal assistance from Homeless Law please call 1800 606 313 (free call from landlines) or 03 8636 4408