welcome to 3rd Space
3rd Space Brisbane is a drop-in centre where homeless people find practical support, friendship and dignity. Located in Fortitude Valley, 3rd Space (formerly 139 Club) helps hundreds of people every year – assisting some with simple things such as a shower or a meal and a cup of tea, others with a program of support for more complex needs. We help to find accommodation and work; manage addictions and emotional challenges; and get the right health and dental services.
It’s all about forming relationships, building trust and providing hope. We have many beautiful stories where a homeless person has come to us with no home, no friends and no hope. By providing practical help – a safe bed to sleep in during the day, a laundry, a mailbox, a low-cost healthy meal – as well as social support – a place to play pool, try some art or music or watch TV – we have seen people in the depths of despair learn to smile and laugh again.
Every person who comes to the centre has their own set of needs and their own story to tell. Not every story will have a happy ending but every visitor to 3rd Space will find a place of safety and relief. If they want, they will also find a listening ear and help to find extra support.
No one needs neutral ground more than someone without a home. As social visionary Ray Oldenburg makes clear, a 3rd Space allows people to put aside their concerns and simply enjoy the company of those around them: “these spaces promote social equity…creating habits of public association and offering psychological support.”
In the past 12 months, we have provided:
loads of washing
hours of face-to-face, one-on-one support
towels for showers
people with information, support or assistance
is to break the cycle of homelessness
is to support homeless people today and prepare them for tomorrow
our core values
are respect, persistence and integrity
Homelessness is a complex issue with many causes. Domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown and drug and alcohol dependence all contribute to the level of homelessness in Australia. Both Federal and State governments have invested in significant initiatives in an attempt to halve the level of homelessness by 2020. These initiatives have changed the environment in which services for the homeless operate.
On 9 August 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics collected updated census data on homelessness, which found that there were 105,237 people who were homeless or 0.5% of the Australian population. 19,838 of these were in Queensland. Although the homeless rate rose by 8% in the five years to 2011, the number of people who were homeless rose 17% in those five years, which also reflects population increases.
To us, a person is homeless if they are living in:
- Improvised dwellings or ‘sleeping rough’
- Short-term or emergency accommodation
- Temporary arrangements without security of tenure (e.g. staying with friends or relatives, in boarding houses or motels)
- Unsafe or inadequate accommodation (e.g. where domestic/family violence or abuse threatens the person’s safety or there is severe overcrowding).