Welcome to the Australian Common Ground Alliance.
Our mission is to end and prevent chronic homelessness in Australia.
The Australian Common Ground Alliance (ACGA) is a network of organisations working in partnership with government, corporate, philanthropic and community stakeholders to promote and deliver innovative supportive housing solutions for chronic homelessness. Our work is informed by the international experience of Common Ground (New York), Australian Common Ground projects and decades of experience in homelessness and housing across Australia.
Common Ground projects target the most vulnerable chronically homeless people, providing them with a safe, high quality place to live and the support services and security required to keep them housed, healthy and stable.
In Australia, more than 105,200 people are homeless each night – that’s one in every 200 people – with 6% experiencing primary homelessness (ABS 2012, Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness 2011). While that’s down from the 2006 Census figure of 8% experiencing primary homelessness, this represents the people sleeping rough on the streets and in improvised shelters. Around 50% of primary homeless people are very vulnerable and chronically homeless – we estimate this figure to be around 3,200 individuals across Australia.
It is these most at risk and marginalised Australians who are the focus of our work.
Common Ground is soon to be a reality in Canberra with funding from both the Federal and the ACT governments recently announced. Tenders for architectural design have been issued, building will start this year, and the facility will be complete by December 2014. This is good news for homeless people in the ACT, which has the second highest homelessness rate in Australia after the Northern Territory. Read more
One of Melbourne’s Elizabeth Street Common Ground new tenants, Suzie*, says having the security of a permanent home in a safe and secure building has allowed her to feel safe for the first time in 21 years. View her story