Aerial image of the Common Ground building in Dickson.

The Common Ground housing model supports people to move directly from homelessness into permanent housing.

05 September 2022

The first tenants have started moving into Canberra’s newest social and affordable housing development, Common Ground Dickson.

The Common Ground housing model supports people to move directly from homelessness into permanent housing. The Dickson development is the second of its kind in the ACT following the construction of Common Ground Gungahlin in 2015.

The new 40-unit residence has been designed to suit the needs of identified tenants with the support they need to stay housed, to improve their connections to health, education and employment and to live independently with stability.

The development also includes meeting spaces, break-out spaces and areas for play are available to tenants and the community.

Donations from IKEA Australia have been used to furnish the units and common areas.

Single bed with white bedframe and matching bedside table. IKEA products are sprawled on top of the bed Some of the new furnishings at the new Common Ground Dickson

Community Housing Canberra (CHC), who are providing property and tenancy management, are pleased to be welcoming the first tenants to Common Ground.

“After months of planning and preparations alongside the ACT Government and the YWCA Canberra, it is wonderful to see families moving into their new homes,” said Andrew Hannan, CHC CEO.

“With a safe, secure and affordable home, and wraparound support services on-hand where needed, we look forward to helping enable each household member, adult or child, to thrive.”

The YWCA have been subcontracted to provide support services for the new residence and its tenants.

“The brand-new building targets some of our key cohorts and this project will substantially impact our wider community by providing some relief to the chronic affordable housing shortage in Canberra,” said YWCA Canberra’s Chief Operating Officer Cara Jacobs.

To contribute to the new Common Ground or its residents, please contact the Community Housing Canberra or the YWCA Canberra.

Round wooden table with four matching chairs. Small vase with flowers in centre of table

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