Common Ground

Santos is Common Ground Adelaide’s foundation sponsor investing $3 million over five years to help the not-for-profit organisation establish its operations in South Australia.

What is Common Ground Adelaide?

Santos funding has been instrumental to our success towards ending homelessness and creating affordable, stable and decent housing for those in need.

We have:

  • Helped fund more than 151 homes across six sites in the city and Port Augusta.
  • Contributed to a 95% increase in the number of supported tenants who are now maintaining stable housing including two who now own their own homes.
  • Supported CGA to deliver community development activities to ensure Common Ground is a place people truly want to live at and which enables South Australians to reach their goals.

About Common Ground

Common Ground Adelaide Limited is a not-for-profit housing company established to provide affordable rental housing to low-income working people and people who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.

Common Ground has helped to create a community for its residents, bringing people together from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create friendships and valuable support networks.

Becoming a part of the community in which we live and operate is also very important to Santos. It’s all about building relationships with local communities and having a positive impact.

For Santos, community engagement has always been fundamental in the way we operate. This is a commitment we will continue to deliver on into the future.

Who funds Common Ground Adelaide?

The State Government and the Commonwealth Government have provided capital funding for Common Ground Adelaide to purchase buildings. CGA receives state funding to operate support services. Santos is a foundation sponsor.

Individuals and businesses, locally and interstate, have also provided funding or donations.

CGA is a tax deductible recipient, which means cash donations are fully tax deductible.

What is a supportive housing program?

A supportive housing program is one where the staff work with consumers to identify personal goals, provide opportunity to access services and activities to improve their quality of life and rprevent them from falling back into homelessness.

Each consumer will have a Service Coordinator assigned to them to plan what services they need to ensure a successful tenancy and to provide opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.

How many homes does Common Ground Adelaide have?

Common Ground Franklin Street

On Franklin st, Common Ground has 38 rental units. There is a common room for tenant meetings and activities. These homes opened in February 2008.

Common Ground Adelaide

At 73-79 Light Square, Common Ground has 52 rental units. There is a common room with full kitchen facilities for tenant activities. The building also is the head office with administration and support staff accommodated for on the ground floor.

Common Ground Mellor Street

The $15.5 million, seven storey development has been built on the former Balfours site opposite Common Ground Light Square. It comprises 52 apartments – some with two bedrooms enabling single parent families to be among the residents. The first tenants began moving into Common round Mellor Street before Christmas, 2014.

Common Ground Adelaide is also expanding to Port Augusta with joint State and Federal Government funding. There will be up to 35 units to support individuals living in the area. 

View the video below from 9 News Adelaide on the opening of Common Ground's Mellor Street property.