Siteworks begin for new homelessness facility
Siteworks have begun on an apartment complex in Adelaide's Central Business District that
will help support South Australians who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Minister for Social Housing Tony Piccolo today attended a ceremony to mark the start of work
on the site of Common Ground's new seven-storey apartment complex in Mellor St.
"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,"
Mr Piccolo said.
"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
"In this new Mellor Street facility, tenants will have access to a range of different services –
including health services; community development programs and training opportunities to help
build the skills they need to enter the workforce."
Mr Piccolo said the development builds on the Government's significant progress in helping
some of South Australia's most disadvantaged citizens.
"Out of any state or territory, we have the highest proportion of people who achieved
independent housing after receiving homelessness support, and the lowest proportion of
clients who experienced repeat periods of homelessness," he said.
"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
The South Australian Government has contributed funding of $2.8 million to the new Common
Ground facility in Mellor Street, which will feature 39 one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom units,
including three disability accessible units.
Mr Piccolo said half of the units would be available for people on low incomes, with the other
half available for people who were either homeless or at risk.
Construction work is due to be completed by the end of the year.