Support for the homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless

For veterans who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, there is support available.

You can contact Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046 for 24/7 support. They can provide short-term crisis accommodation if you need immediate housing because of a potential crisis. You can also speak to military-aware counsellors and peers who can help you get the support you need.

You can also call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372). Our support officers can check you are receiving all the DVA support you are eligible for. This can include:

  • free, lifetime mental health care for anyone with even a single day of full time Australian Defence Force (ADF) service
  • healthcare for service-related injuries or conditions
  • immediate financial support if you’re submitting mental health claims
  • assistance with transition from the ADF, and support to find civilian employment.

We’re continuing to address risk factors associated with veteran homelessness and working with the homelessness sector to help it better understand veterans’ needs and support pathways.

We encourage any veteran who needs help to reach out — support is available.

Information is also available on DVA’s website: