Street Law

Who are we?

Street Law is a free and confidential outreach legal service for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  Street Law provides legal advice and casework assistance and connects clients with other services.

Who is Experiencing Homelessness?

A person is experiencing homelessness or is at risk of homelessness if they do not have adequate access to safe and secure housing.  This includes situations where the person’s housing:

  • damages, or is likely to damage their health;
  • is unsafe;
  • fails to provide adequate amenities;
  • fails to provide the supports that a home normally affords; or
  • is not affordable.

For example, Street Law works with people who are:

  • Sleeping rough
  • Living in their car
  • Couch surfing
  • Living in a refuge or other transitional accommodation
  • Living in accommodation without legal rights
  • Experiencing domestic violence or other threats of violence at their current accommodation
  • At risk of losing their current accommodation

‘Our Lawyers Will…’

Street Law knows how one problem can lead to another and that early action is important. So our lawyers can:

  • Explain the law to you and give you advice about your options
  • Help you negotiate with the other side in your legal matter
  • Help request copies of your documents
  • Help prepare for reviews, tribunals or court hearings
  • Support you to access other legal services
  • Put you in touch with other organisations who can help you.

How do I get Help from Street Law?

There are various ways you can get in touch to get help from Street Law, including:

  1. Call Street Law for phone advice or to make an appointment to see us in person on 1800 STR LAW (1800 787 529) or (02) 62187995
  2. Drop in to our office at Level 1, 21 Barry Drive Turner to make an appointment
  3. Attend an advice clinic at one of our outreach locations.

Street Law’s Outreach Details

Early Morning Centre

Monday 10:00am – 10:30am
Weekly
Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue Turner

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

Junction Youth Health Service

Tuesday 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Weekly
30 Scotts Crossing Canberra

For young people aged 12 to 25, along with their dependent children.

Drop in or by appointment. Please call the Junction on 6232 2423, or Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

St John’s Care Food Pantry

Wednesday 11:30am – 12:30pm
Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month
45 Constitution Avenue, Reid

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

Woden Youth Centre

Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
First and Third Thursday of every month (appointment only)
29 Callum Street, Phillip

By appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au, or speak to a Woden Youth Centre worker) to make an appointment.

Helping Hand Food Pantry

Thursday 9:00am – 10:00am
Second Thursday of every month (appointment only)
St Paul's Anglican Church, Curly Street Spence

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.