Common Ground

Common Ground is a model of purpose-built permanent, supportive housing for adults who have experienced chronic homelessness, rough sleeping and/or are earning a low income.
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The Department of Communities is leading the delivery of two Common Grounds, located in East Perth and Mandurah, to help address the issue of homelessness and social housing needs in WA.

Common Ground is a housing model that originated in New York more than 20 years ago and has been successfully adopted in other Australian cities.

The Common Ground model is based on a ‘housing first’ approach, where people are placed in housing as a first priority and provided with on-site support services. These services include case management support and may also include support for physical and mental illnesses, support for substance abuse, links to education and training, and employment opportunities.

Common Ground is a key component of the State Government’s All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030, which aims to improve outcomes for Western Australians experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

How can I find out more?

Further information on the two Common Ground sites is available on the following pages: