Elizabeth Street Common Ground
Elizabeth Street Common Ground is the first development of its kind in Melbourne.
It is based on an internationally proven, practical and cost-effective model to meet the housing and support needs of people who have experienced long-term homelessness.
The Common Ground model of Supportive Housing
Supportive Housing coordinates the two essential elements in ending homelessness by providing permanent, affordable and safe housing together with long-term tailored support services. Supportive Housing gets people housed and keeps people housed.
Common Ground is one specific model of Supportive Housing targeted at highly vulnerable people experiencing chronic (long-term) homelessness. Elizabeth Street Common Ground incorporates all the key features of Common Ground housing.
HomeGround was instrumental in advocating for the adoption and growth of Supportive Housing and Common Ground housing in Australia. HomeGround's CEO, Stephen Nash, is the founding Chairperson of the Australian Common Ground Alliance.
The Elizabeth Street Common Ground partnership
Elizabeth Street Common Ground is a partnership between HomeGround Services, Yarra Community Housing, the Victorian Property Fund, the Victorian and Federal Governments and Grocon. It is a first for Australia in terms of both the housing model and the multi-million dollar philanthropic contribution from Grocon. You can read more about the partnerships involved.
Elizabeth St Common Ground opens it's doors, August 2010
Melbourne's Common Ground marks one year of safe housing for tenants
ABC 7:30 Victoria: Elizabeth St Common Ground's First Birthday Celebration
Happy Birthday Common Ground! A video produced by tenants of Elizabeth Street Common Ground with support from the Centre for Adult Education.