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.
Researchers have stressed the importance of umbilical cord blood banking for some time. Now they are moving into the area of umbilical cord tissue banking. Medical facilities are taking advantage of umbilical cord tissue banking, whether they acquire the umbilical cord itself or harvest its cells. At this point in time, umbilical cord tissue banking is still in its infancy when it comes to this field of research. Scientists have high hopes that one day umbilical cord tissue banking could save lives. It all comes down to the way umbilical cord tissue stem cells can serve a variety of purposes.
Regeneration is the key philosophy behind umbilical cord tissue banking. Researchers have performed various studies involving the stem cells that are extracted from the umbilical cord. These stem cells could have the ability to multiply and differentiate. When injected into an affected area of a child’s body, umbilical cord stem cells could have a dramatic effect on a child’s health. For children who are stricken with severe conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, or neurological disorders, stem cells removed from the umbilical cord could promote healing. Umbilical cord tissue banking requires expertise from professionals in the field and proper storage techniques. Parents who take part in umbilical cord tissue banking need to understand that there are expenses involved in the process and there are no guarantees. However, many feel that it is worth it to take a positive step toward protecting their children. As scientists continue to make great strides toward treating a variety of severe illnesses, umbilical cord tissue banking may offer the best solution for a cure. http://www.cellcare.com.au/about-cord-banking/about-cord-tissue