Mathew Talbot Homeless Service

82 Hannell Street, Wickham


The Matthew Talbot Homeless Service provides support to homeless men and men with children across the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Local Government Areas. They do this through undertaking assertive outreach which includes visiting parks, streets, services and homes. They also liaise with local Councils, rangers, libraries, Police and other community stakeholders.

The service can assist people in the following area:

  • Assistance with accommodation
  • Support to maintain tenancies
  • Support to address health concerns, Doctors visit onsite weekly
  • Support to identify goals
  • Support to link with legal services
  • Support with Centrelink, who visit onsite fortnightly
  • Assistance to pay off State Debt by way of Work Development Orders
  • Onsite Smart Recovery Program

Who does this service assist:

The service support’s homeless men and / or homeless men with children. As we operate from a “No Wrong Door” perspective, If women and/or families access the Centre we work collaboratively with an SHS women’s service to assist and provide support.

Mathew Homeless Service Location:

82 Hannell Street, Wickham and can visit homeless people at any location throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Contact Point:

Ph: (02) 49611411


No referral form required



Accommodation Available for Men:

  • 8 Bedsitters – fully equipped

Priority is for men with complex needs and can accommodate pets (Some pets may need prior approval and limit of 2 pets on site at a time)

  • 2 bedroom – villa
  • 2 bedroom – villa

Priority for men with children

  • 3 bedroom – house
  • 4 bedroom – house

People who are approved for accommodation will have either self -referred or been referred to the service and be allocated a Case Worker. Nominations are based on vulnerability and suitability of the program.

Rent Setting:

Rent is charged at 30% of income received by the client which covers all utilities (does not cover food all accommodation is self-contained)


Clients will be required to sign a tenancy agreement on commencing the tenancy and support agreement. The support agreement is an undertaking by the client that they will engage with their Case Worker daily and other supports identified.

The Centre has a 3 months maximum stay policy. As they work from a Housing First Model, housing is a priority and putting appropriate supports in place as identified by the person.

Storage Facilities:

The Centre has showering facilities and the ability to store belongings for individuals.


The Centre has Doctor’s onsite weekly on Thursdays to address health needs of clients.