A strong community is one where our most vulnerable are supported. People living on the streets need our support. In reality, homelessness affects most communities. There’s no easy answer to the complex issues that lead to homelessness. However, there are actions that can help ease the issue.

Local services and emergency aid

A number of key services are listed below. For more information on any of the details listed please contact the services directly. Northern Beaches Council is not responsible for changes to services. Not all local services may be listed.

Homeless Outreach

Community Northern Beaches
52 Raglan St, Manly
9977 1066

Mission Australia
9949 1832

St Vincent de Paul
13 18 12

Crisis Accommodation

1800 152 152

Mission Australia (Ebbs House)
174 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale
9902 5100

Women and Children First (formerly Manly Warringah Women's Resource Centre)
9971 4499

Northern Beaches Women’s Resource Centre
9977 7772


Food Services

There are a range of free and low-cost food services currently operating on the Northern Beaches.

Read more about Community Food Services

Mental Health Support

13 11 14
Read more about mental health services on the Northern Beaches

Women and Family Services

Women and Children First (formerly Manly Warringah Women's Resource Centre)
Dee Why
9971 4499

Northern Beaches Women’s Resource Centre
9977 7772

National Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Line
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)


Homeless Persons Protocol

People living on the streets with limited access to medical or social support, is unacceptable.

Northern Beaches Council developed the Homeless Persons Protocol to assist our staff in responding appropriately and with sensitivity to people experiencing homelessness.

Knowing our responsibilities and obligations, Council can better support community concerns regarding homeless people in public spaces. 

Meeting the needs of vulnerable people

Council recognises that the homeless are amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community. One of the guiding principles of the Protocol is supporting an approach of social inclusiveness. Through this, we are committed to reducing the impact of homelessness on our most vulnerable populations.

Right of access to public space

Northern Beaches Council supports the rights of all our community members to use public spaces, including our homeless and disadvantaged citizens.  We also recognise our responsibility towards our larger community in ensuring ours is a safe and peaceful environment for everyone. 

Addressing negative impacts

We’re committed to responding, sensitively and effectively to the issue of rough sleeping. Guided by our Homeless Persons Protocol we’ll address any community concerns as they arise.

We will always work with the community to improve actual and perceived safety for homeless people, residents, businesses and visitors.

Providing for healthy communities

Our commitment to improving economic, social and health standards in our community is ongoing.  We manage and facilitate programs and initiatives that contribute to physical and mental wellbeing.

We strive to improve access to health, mental health and drug and alcohol services for everyone including those who are homeless and disadvantaged.