Elizabeth Street Common Ground

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Description of Program

Elizabeth Street Common Ground provides permanent, affordable, high-quality housing to 65 people with complex needs who have been chronically homeless, many for more than 10 years. An additional 66 apartments exist for low income workers and students. The Common Ground model combines the two essential ingredients for ending homelessness: good quality permanent housing and tailored support services. Elizabeth Street Common Ground is a partnership with Yarra Community Housing, the Victorian Property Fund, the Victorian and Federal Governments and Grocon.

Eligibility Criteria

Elizabeth Street Common Ground is designed for people who are vulnerable to long-term homelessness and highly vulnerable to physical or mental harm.

Clients’ vulnerability is assessed through:

  • Current housing circumstances and history of homelessness, including length of time homeless, types of accommodation accessed, reasons for leaving accommodation;
  • Mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, disability/cognitive impairments or other chronic health condition which can be a barrier to maintaining housing; and
  • Vulnerability to harm and exploitation from others or a risk of harm to themselves.

Client Type

  • Singles and Couples


  • Melbourne CBD

Referral/Application Process

Referrals to Elizabeth St Common Ground are made via the Homelessness Entry Points when a vacancy is available.  There are around 8 vacancies per year.

Contact Details

Please contact the Program Manager or Program Coordinator on (03) 8359 0200.