In 2006 the South Australia State Government announced that funding was being provided for development of a Common Ground facility at Port Augusta to support Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This announcement is reaching fruition in 2012.
The Common Ground project has two faclities (sites) each targetting different groups of people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
- Boston Street facility - 10 single bedroom and 5 two bedroom units of housing for people requiring affordable housing and who have low support needs (Commences December 2012)
- Augusta Terrace facility - 20 single bedroom units of housing for people who require medium to high levels of support in an alcohol free environment. (Projected to commence September 2013)
The Common Ground Port Augusta facility is managed as a five way partnership between Federal and State Government, Common Ground Adelaide, Wesley Country Housing and The Salvation Army.
The Common Ground "Housing First" model has the following foundational principles:
- Initially provide people a high quality, stable and affordable housing option
- Establish accessible supports around people that respond to each individuals identified needs
- Create a sense of community through intentional "Place Making"
- Engage people in achieving worthwhile activity, including employment, education, training or volunteering
The Salvation Army is responsible for providing support services to the people being housed in the Common Ground facilities at Boston Street and Augusta Terrace.
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