Elizabeth Street Common Ground [Supportive Housing]
Elizabeth Street Common Ground opened in August 2010 and now provides permanent, affordable, high-quality housing to 65 chronically homeless people, many of whom have been homeless for more than 10 years. An additional 66 apartments exist for low income workers and students.
The Common Ground model combines the two essential ingredients for ending homelessness: good quality permanent housing and tailored support services. Elizabeth Street Common Ground is a partnership between HomeGround Services, Yarra Community Housing, the Victorian Property Fund, the Victorian and Federal Governments and Grocon.
ESCG is designed for people who are vulnerable to long-term homelessness and highly vulnerable to physical or mental harm.
Vulnerability is determined by assessing:
- People’s current housing circumstances and history of homelessness, including length of time homeless, types of accommodation accessed, reasons for leaving accommodation
- The presence of a mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, disability/cognitive impairments or other chronic health condition which can be a barrier to maintaining housing.
- Vulnerability to harm and exploitation from others or a risk of harm to themselves
General eligibility criteria:
- Single male or female, over 18 years with no dependents
- Are currently homeless, in unsafe housing, or will be discharged from treatment/rehabilitation or correctional facilities to homelessness
- Have a history of homelessness and are vulnerable to ongoing homelessness and harm
- Meet Housing Association asset and income limits
- Been homeless for a lengthy period (for example, over five years or more)
- Needs that may be met by the level of support that is to be provided.
ESCG is not currently accepting referrals for tenants. Future vacancies will be advertised on this website and information will be disseminated to relevant organisations.