In December 2019, the State Government announced $35 million of capital funding for the planning, design and construction of two Common Ground facilities in Western Australia.

The Common Ground project is a key part of All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030. It will work towards ending rough sleeping, improving Aboriginal well being and providing innovative housing programs.

The first Common Ground facility will be in the Perth CBD on the corner of Hill Street and Wellington Street, with the second site in a suburban or regional location yet to be determined.

What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a model of permanent, supported housing in a purpose-built complex, for adults who have experienced chronic homelessness or are low income earners. The model is based on a ‘housing first’ approach, where people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping are placed in housing as a first priority and provided with wrap around supports.

The Common Ground model originated in New York City more than 20 years ago and has been adopted in other Australian states including Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

The Common Ground model provides dedicated, tailored support services that address the root causes of homelessness. Common Ground facilities in Australia have successfully provided stable accommodation for formerly homeless people and reduced costs to other government services such as the health system.

The complexes typically range in size with up to 100 self-contained apartments. They are designed to be environmentally sustainable, disability accessible and culturally safe acknowledging the high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience homelessness.

How can I find out more?

Further information will be uploaded on this page as the project progresses.

Please visit Engage Perth to register for project updates and participate in conversations around the project.

If you have any queries or require any information provided in an alternative format please email commonground@communities.wa.gov.au.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Common Ground

Common Ground is a model of permanent, supported housing in a purpose built complex for people who have experienced chronic homelessness or are low income earners.

The Common Ground project is a key part of All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030. It will work towards ending rough sleeping, improving Aboriginal wellbeing and providing innovative housing programs.

The Common Ground model originated in New York City more than 20 years ago and has been adopted in other Australian states including Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

The Common Ground model provides dedicated, tailored support services that address the root causes of homelessness. Common Ground facilities in Australia have successfully provided stable accommodation for formerly homeless people and reduced costs to other government services such as the health system.

Where will the Common Ground facilities be?

The first Common Ground facility will be in the Perth CBD on the corner of Hill Street and Wellington Street with the second site in a suburban or regional location (yet to be determined).

How big will the Common Ground facility be?

Complexes typically range in size with up to 100 self-contained apartments. They are designed to be environmentally sustainable, disability accessible and culturally appropriate, acknowledging the high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience homelessness.

What features are planned for the building?

There are Common Ground facilities across Australia including Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Typical Common Ground facilities comprise of self-contained apartments, commercial space for local businesses or a social enterprise, indoor communal spaces, shared function and meeting rooms, and communal outdoor areas.

How will government ensure that neighbours and nearby residents are not adversely impacted?

We will work closely with the City of Perth, local neighbours, business owners and services to ensure the facility can be an asset to the local community. The community will also have a number of opportunities to have their voices heard in regard to the facility. You can direct any queries to the Common Ground team via Engage Perth.

What safety measures will be in place?

A typical Common Ground facility has 24/7 concierge on site and other appropriate (non-intrusive) security measures to ensure residents are safe. Staff have effective training on bullying and anti-social behaviour. Common Ground facilities practise good working relationships with the local community and police to ensure prompt responses to anti-social behaviour and have a strict policy which may result in termination of lease agreements.

How can I have my say?

We are working closely with City of Perth and will be engaging with residents, local business owners and local services. You can visit Engage Perth and opt in to stay informed on the Common Ground project development.

When will construction start?

We estimate construction for the first Common Ground facility in Perth CBD to commence in the 2021/2022 financial year.

How can I stay connected to developments?

You can register on the Engage Perth web page to receive update on the project.

We will provide further project updates on this page and via the Engage Perth web page.