...building the foundations

Happy Anniversary Jo!

It is now two years since Common Ground became home to Jo R, the first tenant to move in to Common Ground on 21st June 2012. Before she came to live at Common Ground, Jo had been sleeping rough for over 30 years. Two years on, Jo has signed another 12 month lease and the two...

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Evidence of success so far

Common Ground supportive housing is evidence based social housing. In partnership with UTAS, formerly homeless tenants are surveyed every 6 months. The most recent survey analysis for tenants who had lived at Common Ground for 12 months or more indicated a number of successful outcomes for the tenant group, including: 50% report improvement of physical health 50% drop...

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Challenges Ahead

After years of street homelessness, Common Ground recognises that there are some issues that will take time to address. The survey results also indicate a number of challenges that tenants still face, including: high level of alcohol dependence significant incidence of smoking high burden of mental illness social isolation dental problems pain management

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Thank you

Common Ground is a community, business and government response to ending chronic homelessness in Tasmania. The Board of Common Ground Tasmania, gratefully acknowledges CGT’s supporters and donors and their contribution to the very real difference CGT has been able to make to the lives of the people who now call Common Ground home.

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





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





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.



New directors appointed to Common Ground Board


The Board of supportive housing organisation, Common Ground Tasmania (CGT) has appointed three new directors.


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ABC Stateline Report

Common Ground has hit back at recent criticism of its supported housing services for Tasmania's homeless.

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