Supportive housing is a solution for ending homelessness for the most vulnerable people in Queensland. It offers a permanent alternative to rough sleeping and crisis accommodation.
Supportive housing offers permanent, affordable housing that is linked with dedicated, tailored support services that address the root causes of homelessness.
Supportive housing can be delivered in high density multi storey buildings, such as Brisbane Common Ground, or in lower density and scattered site dwellings.
It is successful due to the shared vision of specialist tenancy and property management and the support provider who work in partnership with tenants to sustain their tenancies. Permanent housing is the first step to stability and allows tenants to more effectively deal with the challenges that had previously kept them homeless. Over time tenants are enabled to maximise their opportunities for an independent and healthy life.
The Common Ground model of Supportive Housing originated in New York City over 20 years ago. Due to the success of the model in ending homelessness six Australian States and Territories now have at least one Common Ground development.
Brisbane Common Ground is Queenslands’ first supportive housing initiative. The principles developed in the successful New York City Common Ground model, have been adopted by Common Ground Queensland and used to implement a specialised supportive housing property and tenancy management approach at Brisbane Common Ground.
Design – A thoughtfully designed and well maintained positive home environment that includes community spaces and opportunities for the wider community to participate. An asset for the whole community.
Permanency & Affordability – Housing is permanent, affordable and self-contained with rent less than 30% of income.
Tenancy Mix – There is a mix of tenants with a proportion having experienced homelessness and some who have not. The mix ensures a vibrant and diverse building community.
Safety – A concierge service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure a welcoming but controlled access to the building.
Support Services – Onsite support services offer a holistic, tenancy focussed service to tenants who require support to remain housed and achieve their goals and aspirations. The Property and Tenancy Manager works in partnership with support provider , and tenants to sustain tenancies.
Social Inclusion – Each element of supportive housing aims to create the greatest degree of empowerment and independence for individuals as well as a thriving community for tenants and neighbours.