Our History

supporting Brisbane’s homeless since 1975

3rd Space wasn’t always 3rd Space. From 1975 until 2017, we were known as the 139 Club. Back in 1975, we were established as a drop-in centre and refuge for Brisbane’s homeless, at 139 Charlotte Street, inspiring our original name.

We moved to Bowen Street in Spring Hill in 1977, under the Queensland Council of Social Services. We had a limited budget and relied mostly on St Vincent de Paul Society and individual support.

In 1983, we became an independent incorporated association receiving government funding and over the years, we have grown in size and standing. A Commonwealth Government grant in 1987 – the International Year of the Homeless – allowed us to build our centre at 505 Brunswick Street, which was completed in January 1988 and has been our home ever since.

In 2017, we made the change from the 139 Club to 3rd Space. We continue to provide a safe, judgement-free zone for our visitors and strive to help them achieve their goals. We also provide medical and psychological services, housing opportunities, community building activities, showers and meals.

We are still known as one of the most significant providers of social support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness within the inner city and inner north Brisbane area.