Common Ground Adelaide
What does this organisation do?
Common Ground Adelaide’s purpose is to end an individual’s experience of Homelessness. Common Ground brings together people on low incomes, many of whom present with a range of issues such as marginalisation through social isolation, living with disability or mental health issues, people escaping family or domestic violence, those working to overcome substance addiction and/or people who communicate using English as a second language.
Our service is centred on the provision of high quality, affordable housing; creating a stable home in a mixed community that is coupled with support, understanding and opportunities so that individuals can become self-sufficient and achieve independence in all aspects of their lives. Creating pathways to employment, particularly employment opportunities that can provide flexibility to cater for periods when people may experience poor health or mental health.
In 2015, Common Ground Adelaide joined forces with the Housing Choices Australia Group. This provides Common Ground Adelaide with increased capacity to grow the housing portfolio under management. Housing Choices South Australia will shortly bring up to 860 Housing SA homes and tenancies under management in the CBD and eastern suburbs.
Common Ground Adelaide has previously trialled a pilot project with residents that involved the landscaping of Common Ground properties, which resulted in above award wages paid to participants, overall project costs lower than professional quotes - gardens that looked fantastic. Whilst this project will focus on Common Ground and Housing Choices South Australia properties it is hoped it will in the future, broaden to the wider community.
Common Ground has a strong history of supporting residents into employment opportunities, and proudly employs a number of tenants in maintenance and facility management.
People with a disability or chronic health issue
Living with a disability or long term or chronic health issue can severely affect our wellbeing through unemployment or underemployment, social isolation or exclusion and poor mental or physical health.
Low income families and the long term unemployed
Employment is a significant factor in our wellbeing. Employment provides financial independence, improves our physical and mental health, expands our social networks and builds our skills.
On the flip side, long term unemployment or underemployment negatively impacts our wellbeing. It contributes to poor mental and physical health, social isolation and poverty. And it can negatively impact the wellbeing of our children.