Construction has commenced on what will be one of Canberra’s most significant projects to address homelessness, providing affordable and stable accommodation and support services to the most vulnerable in the community.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Minister for Housing, Shane Rattenbury, this morning officially launched construction of the Common Ground facility, which is a key item in the Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement and major initiative of the ACT Government.
“Common Ground is a housing model that provides permanent homes and the support to help individuals achieve stability and improvement in their lives,” said the Chief Minister.
“Using a Housing First approach, Common Ground takes people direct from homelessness and follows through with the support they require to stay housed, improve their health and live independently.
“An initiative that started in New York, Common Ground is proven and effective model of responding to homelessness and has since been successful in many other cities across Australia and the world, including Melbourne and Adelaide,” said Mr Rattenbury.