Common Ground

Common Ground

About the project

In 2015, the merger between the Housing Choices Group and Common Ground Adelaide was completed. This was a particularly significant milestone for both organisations as it enabled them to have greater impact on the ground locally and at a national level.

The Common Ground program provides market-standard affordable rental housing and associated support services to low-income earners and those at risk of homelessness, the Mellor Street Apartments were designed for vulnerable women as well as their children.

Located off Light Square in the Adelaide CBD, the Tectvs designed apartment building features 52, light and airy, one and two-bedroom apartments. In 2015, Common Ground’s Mellor Street building received the award of Excellence in Affordable and Public Housing Award from Master Builders Association of SA.

What is community housing

Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices. We partner with a range of support services and community organisations, enabling us to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of our residents, so that they can thrive and maintain long-term tenancies.

The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the Australian housing system and receives government funding to help address affordable housing shortages across the country. Over 100,000 Australian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes with subsidised rent, based either on a discount to the market rent or as a percentage of household income.

Social housing involves some degree of rental subsidy and is an umbrella term for public or community housing. While community housing is run by not for profits like Housing Choices, public housing is owned by the state governments. Community housing providers are regulated by the state and hold specialist expertise in property development, property management, tenancy management and community development.

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