Major expansion planned for homelessness support in Adelaide
Homelessness support services in the Adelaide CBD will be expanded - with a new apartment building to be opened in the city for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The housing complex will be part of the successful Common Ground accommodation service, which is already operating in Franklin St and Light Square in the city - and also in Port Augusta.
The Common Ground housing model was started in New York City, was first brought to Australia by the South Australian Government and has since expanded across the country.
Premier Jay Weatherill and Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo today announced a third Common Ground homelessness service would be built in the city.
Mr Weatherill and Mr Piccolo welcomed a Federal Government announcement of $6.75 million funding, which will be matched by South Australian project partners.
The State Government will provide $1.8 million, Common Ground will provide significant funding and Santos will contribute $800,000.
The project, which will total approximately $17 million, is planned to include:
- 29 units for homeless people, with 10 units for single people, elderly people and people with disabilities and 19 units for couples and small families
- 20 units for people with low incomes, including people at risk of homelessness.
"This is a great example of governments working in partnership with the community and business to support our most vulnerable citizens," Mr Weatherill said.
"Common Ground doesn't just provide people a safe place to sleep but a home where services are close at hand, such as health, education and personal support.
"In Adelaide, Common Ground's existing 90 units in the CBD have already helped change the lives of many South Australians who were homeless or at risk.
"This new facility helps deliver on our strategic priorities by providing a safe community and an affordable place to live for those South Australians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."
Social Housing Minister Tony Piccolo said that South Australia was at the forefront of tackling homelessness and the State Government's support of the newest Common Ground development showed its commitment to tackling homelessness.
"Through our investment and reforms to homelessness services, we have almost halved the number of people sleeping rough in the city - from 108 in June 2007 to 62 last month.
"Through Common Ground, tenants have access to a range of support services, including education and training programs to help them secure ongoing employment; health services; and community development programs to build skills, confidence and positive social interaction.
"It's about helping those vulnerable South Australians, and people on low incomes become self-sufficient and independent."
Work on the new development is expected to begin early in the new year and it is expected to be ready for tenants by the end of 2014.