Common Ground Adelaide was established to provide affordable rental housing in mixed community settings, to low income people and those at risk of homelessness. Housing is provided in parallel with personal support to create pathways to independent and fulfilling lives for tenants.
Three Common Ground Adelaide sites are underway or complete in Franklin Street, Light Square and Port Augusta. These projects have created 131 residential units across all three sites. The Adelaide locations cost $15.7m to buy and redevelop, with an additional $800,000 donated for the fit-out.
Three other states have adopted the methodology, and it is anticipated a total of 600 residential units nationally will be created through a national investment of over $155m.
The Australian Government announced in March 2008 that Therese Rein has accepted the role of Patron of Common Ground Australia – a network of agencies seeking to deliver innovative homelessness services across the country.
Street to Home
Street to Home is an innovative program to target rough sleepers in the city and provide them with access to stable and secure housing. The program sees health, housing, community services, mental health services, and drug and alcohol services work closely with the Social Inclusion Board to stop the cycle of rough sleeping.
During her residency, Rosanne Haggerty demonstrated how successful the ‘Street to Home’ concept could be through her organisation, Common Ground, based in New York. Rosanne provided Street to Home staff in Adelaide with inspirational examples of how long term rough sleepers have not only been housed, but have been able to re-engage with a fuller and richer life outside the street environment they have known.
Street to Home has successfully housed 130 chronic rough sleepers, 40 of whom had been sleeping rough for between five and 15 years.