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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 9 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2657..


Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Housing—homelessness

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.46): I move:

(1) notes that in National Homeless Person's Week 2013:

(a) the Common Ground project, a joint initiative between the ACT and Federal Government and Common Ground Housing ACT, supports people to move directly from homelessness into permanent housing and follows through with the support they require to stay housed, to improve their health and employment prospects, and to live independently and with stability;

(b) the 2013-14 ACT Budget has provided $7.6 million to the Common Ground project; and

(c) the Federal Government, through its National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness Development Fund for 2013-14, has announced it will also make a $4 million contribution to the Common Ground project in Canberra;

(2) supports the establishment of a Common Ground project in Gungahlin, noting that:

(a) it provides for one and two bedroom self-contained units that will house a mix of people including low income renters and those who have experienced homelessness;

(b) tenants will receive ongoing on-site support, including access to mainstream and specialist services and tenancy support, to ensure they can keep their homes and improve their lives;

(c) it will be located close to shops, employment opportunities, public transport and community facilities and will include security features and communal spaces to help build a strong sense of community; and

(d) the local community will continue to be engaged on the development of Common Ground in Gungahlin; indeed the support of the local community is integral to the success of the project; and

(3) further notes:

(a) the Common Ground model has proven successful in Australia and overseas as a sustainable, practical project that improves the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;

(b) that the advocacy of Common Ground Housing ACT has contributed to strong support for a Common Ground project in Canberra;


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