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, 105,000 people are homeless each night, with 16% experiencing primary homelessness (ABS 2006 Census). These are 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 8,500 individuals across Australia.
It is these most at risk and marginalised Australians who are the focus of our work.
Common Ground is about providing stability, support and hope to the homeless; where there was none before. It’s about getting governments, businesses and community organisations working together to help those who need it most. I urge you to support Common Ground in the wonderful work taking place all across the country, helping so many homeless Australians have somewhere to call home. Why? Because to do nothing costs a lot more – both in dollars and in human spirit – than to do something.
- ACGA Patron, Thérèse Rein
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