History

Supporting people experiencing homelessness since 1975

3rd Space wasn’t always 3rd Space. From 1975 until 2017, it was known as the 139 Club and was established as a drop-in centre and refuge at 139 Charlotte Street, inspiring the original name.

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

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

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

3rd Space is 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.