Mandurah Common Ground

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The Department of Communities is leading the delivery of the state’s two Common Ground facilities, in East Perth and Mandurah, to help address the issue of chronic homelessness in WA.

Originating in New York City more than 20 years ago, Common Ground is a model of permanent, supportive housing in a purpose-built facility, for adults who have experienced homelessness or are low-income earners.

The model, which has been successfully adopted in other Australian cities, is based on a ‘housing first' approach, where people are placed in housing as a first priority and provided with wrap-around supports.

On 8 September 2021, the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Community Services, announced a Common Ground facility will be built at 81-87A Allnutt Street, Mandurah.

The State Government has committed $28.1 million for Mandurah Common Ground in the 2021/22 State Budget.

Reflecting Communities’ commitment to quality stakeholder engagement, input will be sought from a range of stakeholders during the development of the facility.

Common Ground is a key component of the State Government’s All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030, which aims to improve outcomes for Western Australians experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

How can I find out more?

Further information will be provided on this page as the project progresses. A series of FAQs for the Mandurah Common Ground site is available.

To find out more about Common Ground please:

The Department of Communities is leading the delivery of the state’s two Common Ground facilities, in East Perth and Mandurah, to help address the issue of chronic homelessness in WA.

Originating in New York City more than 20 years ago, Common Ground is a model of permanent, supportive housing in a purpose-built facility, for adults who have experienced homelessness or are low-income earners.

The model, which has been successfully adopted in other Australian cities, is based on a ‘housing first' approach, where people are placed in housing as a first priority and provided with wrap-around supports.

On 8 September 2021, the Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Community Services, announced a Common Ground facility will be built at 81-87A Allnutt Street, Mandurah.

The State Government has committed $28.1 million for Mandurah Common Ground in the 2021/22 State Budget.

Reflecting Communities’ commitment to quality stakeholder engagement, input will be sought from a range of stakeholders during the development of the facility.

Common Ground is a key component of the State Government’s All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020–2030, which aims to improve outcomes for Western Australians experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

How can I find out more?

Further information will be provided on this page as the project progresses. A series of FAQs for the Mandurah Common Ground site is available.

To find out more about Common Ground please:

  • Mandurah Common Ground – A State Government funded project and a proven model to support people experiencing homelessness and housing pressures

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    pictured left to right: City of Mandurah CEO Mark Newman, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk and Mayor Rhys Williams at the site of Mandurah’s upcoming Common Ground.
    pictured left to right: City of Mandurah CEO Mark Newman, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk and Mayor Rhys Williams at the site of Mandurah’s upcoming Common Ground.

    Responding to the complex issues of homelessness, along with the increasing demand for social housing, are key challenges which require a whole of government and community response.

    The City of Mandurah has a relatively high number of people who are homeless with an estimated 50 to 80 people sleeping rough at any point in time within a 5km radius of Mandurah’s central business district. Mandurah also has a low presence of social housing, being 3.0 percent compared to the state-wide average of 3.7 percent.

    The ‘Common Ground’ model is a proven, evidenced based response to help address these challenges by providing permanent, supportive housing to people on low incomes as well as people who have experienced chronic homelessness and need support and stability in their lives.

    In early September 2021, Hon Simone McGurk, MLA, Minister for Community Services announced the location of the State’s second Common Ground facility which will be built on the corner of Allnutt and Dower Streets in Mandurah. The Minister also announced $28.1 million as part of this year’s State Budget to build the facility. WA’s first Common Ground facility will be built in East Perth.

    Common Ground facilities are purpose-built to include a 24/7 concierge, security, communal areas, wrap-around support and case management for residents. Planning for the facility will consider the inclusion of commercial spaces for local businesses or social enterprises, co-located service organisations and shared function and meeting rooms.

    With support from the City of Mandurah, the Department of Communities researched and identified suitable sites for a Common Ground in Mandurah. The selected site at 81-87A Allnutt Street demonstrated a number of factors which are known to support a successful Common Ground model. These factors included important features that help people feel included in the local community such as being close to support services, public transport, community amenities and primary health services. The Common Ground housing model is consistent with the current zoning which requires mixed residential/commercial development.

    The Mandurah Common Ground facility is intended to provide up to 50 self-contained apartments and will be designed to integrate into the neighbourhood. The project’s ‘housing first’ approach will make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Mandurah.

    After the Minister’s announcement, two community information sessions were held in Mandurah in September 2021 which were well attended. Over the coming months, the Common Ground Project Team at the Department of Communities will be engaging with a wide range of local stakeholders including the City of Mandurah to work through local issues as part of a Community Engagement Strategy.

    The Common Ground model is supported by the ‘Mandurah Homelessness & Street Present Sector Core Group’ and the funding has been well received by community services providers, among a suite of other proactive housing approaches that assist people in need.

    Construction of Mandurah Common Ground will commence in 2022 and is anticipated to open in 2024.

    Progress updates and community engagement details for the Mandurah Common Ground project will be provided on the “Mandurah Matters” engagement platform at https://www.mandurahmatters.com.au/common-ground

    If you have any queries or require any information in an alternative format, please email commonground@communities.wa.gov.au or contact the Common Ground team by phone on 0466 543 195



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