Brisbane's homeless people sleeping rough in the area affected by this year's G20 summit will be offered hotel rooms in the suburbs.
The G20 meeting of world leaders will be held in South Brisbane in November. The main organisation working with the city's homeless, Micah Projects, operates the Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre at South Brisbane, inside the ''declared'' G20 zone, taking in West End and the city.
Some of Brisbane's homeless population will have alternative accommodation during the G20 summit.
Karyn Walsh, the former chairwoman of the Queensland Council of Social Services, is now the co-ordinator of Micah Projects. The organisation is trying to raise between $5000 and $10,000 to accommodate homeless people away from the G20 zone.
Ms Walsh said Brisbane's low-cost accommodation would be ''clogged'' during the G20 meeting and the homeless would feel vulnerable because of the large police presence.
She said the influx of visitors to the city would have the biggest impact on the homeless.
''We would be looking to get a couple of thousand dollars up our sleeves so we can pre-book some hotel rooms for the crisis - outside the area - for a couple of days, perhaps that week," she said. ''If we leave it for much longer, it will be too late.''
Micah Projects is trying to find hotels for about 40 people.
Ms Walsh said there was no intention to permanently shift the homeless. The police G20 taskforce said it would not move homeless people.
''Queensland Police Service has no intention to forcibly remove anyone, homeless or otherwise, who live in the declared area,'' a statement from a G20 police taskforce spokeswoman said. ''Homeless people are residents of Brisbane and are not considered a threat to G20 security.''
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The G20 police taskforce began talks with the community groups that work with Brisbane's homeless people last week.
Ms Walsh said South Brisbane, West End and the central business district were crucial areas to Brisbane's homeless.
''That whole inner-city area is where these people's daily lives occur,'' she said.
Police have been given details of Micah's daily street van - operating from 6am to 2pm - which operates throughout the inner city.
Centacare executive director Peter Selwood agreed that the G20 would have a major impact on homeless people and people in low-cost housing. He said Centacare staff needed access to their clients, often 24 hours a day.
''So there would be potentially hundreds of people in that whole catchment that you are talking about, with various issues - nursing care that they need, in-home support, people with disability, frail aged - who will all need their normal support mechanisms,'' Mr Selwood said.