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Support for South Australia's homeless through development funding

11 Feb 14

A new apartment complex development has begun in Adelaide's central business district, which will be used to help provide support for South Australians who are either homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless in the near future. 

The work began today (February 10) on the new Common Ground's seven storey complex on Mellor Street, after Minister for Social Housing Tony Piccolo attended a ceremony that marked the beginning of the work. 

"The Common Ground model was first brought to Australia by the South Australian government, and represents a more contemporary approach to the issue of homelessness," said Mr Piccolo in a February 10 statement. 

"As well as providing shelter and a place to live, Common Ground helps link people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to the other services they need to help turn their lives around." 

In the facility, tenants will have access to a wide range of services, including health care, development programs, and other training opportunities, which will help them to get back on their feet and provide invaluable skills needed to enter into the workforce and turn their lives around. 

Mr Piccolo went on to state that South Australia has the highest number of people who can come back from homelessness and successfully rehabilitate themselves back into independent housing, as well as having the lowest proportion of those who fall back into homelessness by offering strong education and real estate advice

"That's because we're investing in innovative approaches to homeless support services like Common Ground, which make a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged South Australians," said Mr Piccolo. 

The new Common Ground's development saw South Australia's government put forward $2.8 million, which will feature 13 two bedroom spaces and 39 one bedroom spaces - including three disability accessible units. Half of these rooms will be made available to those with low incomes, while the other half will be provided for those who were either already homeless or were running a high risk of becoming so.