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.
Over 100,000 Australian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes. They are from all walks of life - single people, couples, young families, older women, newly arrived Victorians and people living with a disability.
The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the Australian housing spectrum, alongside public housing and private housing. ‘Social housing’ is an umbrella term that includes both public housing and community housing. It generally indicates housing that involves some degree of rental subsidy. In South Australia, public housing is owned and managed by Housing SA. Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices.
Community housing providers are regulated by the State and hold specialist expertise in property development, property management, tenancy management and community development. We provide safe and secure homes to those who live on low incomes, often living with disability. We are committed under our charter to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes to low-income renters, help residents maintain stable tenancies, and ensure they have access to support services and live in communities that will improve their circumstances and life opportunities.