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Mellor Street site brings hope for SA's homeless
12 Aug 13
A new apartment complex to be built in the Adelaide CBD will bring welcome relief for those in South Australia who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
In an August 6 news release, Tony Piccolo, minister for social housing, announced that the South Australian government had teamed up with the Adelaide City Council to acquire a site on Mellor Street, which will be the location of a new Common Ground facility.
Mr Piccolo offered valuable real estate advice for SA residents who were facing homelessness, saying that the Common Ground facility offered an opportunity to get their lives back on track.
He also outlined in the release what Common Ground was all about.
"Common Ground is an innovative approach to working with disadvantaged people who need support, and it's an approach that has made a real, positive difference in the lives of many South Australians," he said.
"This new facility will have a strong focus on families - single parents or small families with one or two children who are either on low incomes or at risk of homelessness."
He stressed that the initiative was open to all those families in South Australia that need the support, including the region's "hidden homeless" - those constantly moving from place to place, without a permanent residence to stay in.
According to the release, the proposed facility will have 52 units and numerous amenities, such as a common area and a kitchen.
Residents will also have access to nearby health facilities, Mr Piccolo confirmed.
"It's just metres away from the Light Square facility, meaning tenants in Mellor Street will be able to take advantage of the medical and dental services available there."
Construction is set to begin in early 2014, and tenants should be able to move in by the end of next year.Back