Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre

Who we are

The Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre, a service provided by St Vincent De Paul Society (SA), offers short term, emergency accommodation and access to support services for men experiencing homelessness in Adelaide’s CBD. The centre has capacity to accommodate 47 men in predominantly single rooms. We assist our guests with referrals to case management services and other agencies in order to secure long term housing and accommodation, and address any other key life domains that are contributing to homelessness in a compassionate, non-judgemental and respectful way.

We provide nutritional, tasty evening meals  and light breakfast, showers and toiletries all of which are provided in a safe, supported and welcoming environment.

The Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 
 

Who can access this service?

Men over the age of 18 years are eligible for crisis accommodation for 4 – 6 weeks. Referral to us is through a supporting agency or direct contact.  Accommodation will be provided to all guests, based on capacity and needs assessment. Whilst at the centre, guests are expected to engage with other homelessness services and case management to secure long term accommodation. This includes boarding house & share house accommodation, as well as private rental, public & community housing. 

Clients will need some form of photo ID such as passport or driver’s licence. A healthcare card and Centrelink number may be acceptable if photo ID is unavailable.

If a client is being discharged from hospital, we require a discharge summary to review prior to their arrival at the centre.
 

Where is the service located?

The Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre is located at 28 Whitmore Square, Adelaide. Our dining centre is located at 34 Whitmore Square.
 

What are the benefits of accessing this service?

We focus on supporting men to break the cycle of homelessness and reduce the need for repeat crisis accommodation. A dedicated team of support workers and case workers provide our guests with information and support dedicated to securing long term accommodation.

The Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre has partnerships with many service providers and agencies to help the process of linking people with the right service at the right time. Men may decide to access the support of the Centre after leaving a facility or hospital, in a time of crisis or after living without accommodation for a period of time. Informal agreements are in place with the Amelie Housing Association and the Hutt Street Centre.

The Centre is examining ways to provide services that improve the quality of living and result in sustainable outcomes. These strategies include tackling daily living matters, building resilience and providing services that in the long term generate better outcomes for our guests.
 

How is the Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre funded?

The service to accommodate homeless men in crisis is funded primarily by the Government through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). Guests are requested to contribute to the Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre cost of services by payment of a daily accommodation fee of $15. Men will not be denied service if they are unable to pay the daily fee. The accommodation fee is reviewed on an annual basis. 


How is the Centre managed?

The Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre is a Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) and operations and staff are under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer.

The Vinnies Housing and Homeless Committee is appointed by the State Council of the Society to oversee strategic direction for the Centre and to monitor operations, finances, risk management principles, policies, and controls to ensure compliance with regulatory and government requirements.

A service agreement exists between the Government of South Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA).
 

How can I find out more about the Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre?

For more information, please contact the Vinnies Men's Crisis Centre on (08) 8231 2250 or email whitmore@svdpsa.org.au