‘The stepping stone helping people move on from homelessness. A hand up, not a hand out.’

Common Ground Canberra is the national capital’s first low cost supportive housing initiative focused on providing quality tenant outcomes for people who are experiencing chronic homelessness or are low income earners.

Common Ground Canberra will provide high quality housing and facilitate the provision of a supported and inclusive community for its tenants. The expected opening date for this exciting project is mid  2015.

Thanks to the ACT Government, Northside is proud to be funded delivering the support services to tenants assisting with sustaining their tenancies, addressing unmet needs, developing personal skills and achieving independence. Northside will deliver a suite of services including onsite case management, peer support, life skills, education and employment options and social, and well being programs.

There are 40 units available in the first stage of Common Ground Canberra. Half of these units are dedicated to housing people who have experienced chronic homelessness and the other half will be available for people in need of affordable low cost housing.

Northside partners Argyle Housing will be providing tenancy management at Common Ground, ensuring the building is maintained to a high standard and tenants are safe in their environment.

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You can connect and learn more via the Common Ground Canberra  websiteon facebook or twitter. If you would like more information on the support services the exceptional staff at Northside will be providing you can contact our Senior Manager of In reach and Transitions on 02 6257 2255.

How is Common Ground supportive housing different?

Common Ground supportive housing aims to successfully end chronic homelessness through housing the most vulnerable people in our communities. It is not a homelessness service offering crisis services or shelters to homeless people – it is a permanent supportive housing solution.

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Read more about Common Ground Canberra here

Common Ground provides people with a permanent home and the support to help them achieve stability and improvement in their lives. Using a Housing First approach, Common Ground takes people direct from homelessness and follows through with the support they require to stay housed, improve their health and live independently. Housing First recognises that stability is more likely to be achieved if an individual has somewhere permanent and safe to live. It does not require people to accept support or engage in treatment programs as a condition of housing.

Half of the tenants will be people who have been homeless continuously for six months or more, or who have experienced multiple episodes of primary homelessness over a 12 month period. The other half will be low income earners.

The Common Ground model provides permanent housing and includes on-site support through a strengths based case management approach, and assistance to link with support services in the community. These can range from support for physical and mental illnesses and/or substance use through to linking people with training, education and employment opportunities.


The Northside team will sustain and develop partnerships with external support for tenants. Common Ground Canberra sees Northside and Argyle Housing partnering again. Northside has worked closely with Argyle Housing for several years, partnering on a number of client focused projects.

Argyle Housing will be providing tenancy management at Common Ground, ensuring the building is maintained to a high standard and tenants are safe in their environment.

Crisis Homelessness Services

If you or someone you know needs emergency support, please contact:

First Point
1800 176 468


The staff of Northside and tenants of Common Ground Canberra would like to thank Lifeline Bookfairs for their generous support in donating the Common Ground Library. You can find out more about Lifeline Bookfairs by visiting the website.