...building the foundations

ACGA Newsletter - June 2013 / Issue 6

ACGA Newsletter - June 2013 / Issue 6 Creativity flourishes at Common Ground Tasmania Hedy Thomas and Dorothy McNeill are affordable housing tenants living at Hobart’s Goulburn Street Common Ground. They make a rich contribution to the Common Ground community and to the lives of their co-tenants. A teacher, artist and craftsperson, Hedy was one of...

Marti Zucco meets the neighbours

Building a community is a key part of the Common Ground model. Marti Zucco agreed to be our first Guest Chef at our monthly Pizza Nights. Everyone is still talking about the evening Marty Zucco meets the neighbours Common Ground Tasmania's first guest chef was Marti ZUCCO, from Segreto Café in North Hobart — on 19 September. Marti...

Girl (Guide) Power

Girl (Guide) Power The Girl Guides of Sorell lent a hand to provision the apartments, at the new Common Ground Tasmania Campbell Street site, that formerly homeless tenants will soon call home. Go Girls! .

Thank you to uncommon Tasmanians

Thank you to uncommon Tasmanians Common Ground Tasmania invited its valued friends to celebrate the successful conclusion of Project 3810. On Tuesday 30 October 2012 Common Ground Tasmania invited the its valued friends to celebrate the successful conclusion of Project 3810. Through the 3810 Project, 50 Common Ground apartments have been made ready to open their...

Paul Lennon joins Common Ground

Paul Lennon joins Common Ground Former Tasmanian premier Paul Lennon has a new role -- chairman of Common Ground Tasmania the social housing project he introduced to the state. The Mercury Newspaper ‘THE VOICE OF TASMANIA‘ Lennon Joins Common Ground Staff Reporters | October 30, 2012 02.06pm FORMER Tasmanian premier Paul Lennon has a new role --chairman...

Finding Tasmania's common ground to end chronic homelessness

Finding Tasmania's common ground to end chronic homelessness Finding a permanent solution to homelessness isn't as simple as just giving a homeless person a place to live. But if Tasmania works together, Liz Thomas believes it can be done. "Our goal is to prove it works," says Ms Thomas, Managing Director of Common Ground Tasmania...

Common Ground founder congratulates Tasmanian's remarkable achievement

Common Ground founder congratulates Tasmanian's "remarkable achievement" Common Ground concept founder, New Yorker Rosanne Haggerty, congratulates Common Ground Tasmania: "Greetings What a remarkable achievement for Tasmanians to be completing the Common Ground projects and moving so many vulnerable people into stable homes in such a short space of time! My colleagues and I here in America are...

Happy to have a place to hang

Happy to have a place to hang A Sense of community is growing at the Campbell St site of the Common Ground housing project. Two Hobart sites with 97 units in total are home to 80 tenants, including 32 formerly homeless. The Goulburn St site opened last June and Campbell St in December. They provide...

Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE 24 April, 2013 GREATER HOBART HOMELESSNESS SURVEY RESULTS The 50 Lives 50 Homes initiative concludes today at 10am when the results of the 12 month survey of homeless people in Greater Hobart are released at Common Ground, 87 Campbell St Hobart. In November 2012, the Salvation Army, in a joint...

Mad Max - Not so evil after all!

Mad Max - Not so evil after all! His street name was "Clunk" and over 30 years ago he was one of the stars of Mad Max. Today, he's the Mayor of Glamorgan Spring Bay, and recently used his acting fame to raise money for charity. Bertrand Cadart teamed up with another mayor and car...

Nocturnal search for the homeless a matter of trust

Nocturnal search for the homeless a matter of trust Michelle GriffinOctober 21, 2011 COUNTING the homeless is difficult when they don't want to be found. That's why this year's annual Street to Home survey of rough sleepers took place by torchlight between 3am and dawn three nights this week. Throughout inner city Melbourne, 80 volunteers in...

A shot in the arm for public health

A shot in the arm for public health A shot in the arm for the homeless is part of a big public health program being rolled out around the state this winter. The free flu vaccination program, run by independent nurse immunisers at 15 locations, is a Tasmania Medicare Local project. Clients are given injections at shelters,...

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THE MISSION

 

To drive the establishment of Common Ground supportive housing as a financially sustainable and
evidence based social housing model in Tasmania.

 


 

THE VISION

 

To foster and promote dynamic and strategic business, government and community partnerships
committed to ending chronic homelessness in Tasmania.

 


The Board of Common Ground Tasmania
August 2011

 

 

WELCOME TO COMMON GROUND TASMANIA

 

Common Ground Tasmania (CGT) was established in 2008 to work in cooperation with State, Federal, Local government and the private sector to deliver supportive housing services to homeless people and more affordable housing for those in significant need.

A strong team of passionate, skilled and committed Tasmanians, led by Chairman Hank Petrusma, has been formed to establish the Common Ground model of supportive housing in Tasmania. Click to view Board. 

The Common Ground model creates a vibrant mixed community of formerly homeless people and low-income tenants by providing support services from the site and links back into the community with opportunities for employment, education, training and social networks. Tenants have their own apartments, enter into rental agreements and pay rent.

Common Ground developments have been established for over 30 years and work successfully in New York, London and Vancouver and now in Australia with two sites in Adelaide, one site in Melbourne and sites due to open in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in the near future.  Common Ground Tasmania has established strong links with the other Common Ground projects and works closely with the national network, the Australian Common Ground Alliance (ACGA), to deliver results in Tasmania.

Lessons have been learned since the first Common Ground site was opened.

In Tasmania, we now have the opportunity to adapt the successful elements of the national and international developments to what is appropriate for our State.


 

Common Ground Tasmania was registered in 2008. It has no connection, association or relationship with the environmental and political lobby group, Our Common Ground.