Homelessness Minister John Carey has today released the first design images of the new $28.1 million Mandurah Common Ground facility which will support chronic rough sleepers with accommodation and intensive wrap-around supports.
The 50-apartment facility will provide safe and stable accommodation for rough sleepers, as well as intensive wraparound supports to assist in sustaining their tenancies and building independence.
The environmentally sustainable design provides for a culturally safe environment, as well as access for people with disability.
The project architect and town planner have undertaken targeted engagement with stakeholders to inform the concept design and develop the Place Strategy for Mandurah Common Ground.
There has been a strong level of interest and participation from community members, those with lived experience of homelessness, service providers and the City of Mandurah throughout the engagement process. The Place Strategy for Mandurah Common Ground will be made available to the public online.
Following a feedback period from industry, a Request for Tender is expected to soon be advertised to identify a suitable construction contractor to work alongside the project team to develop the final building design and manage construction.
The Mandurah facility is the second of two Common Grounds to be delivered in Western Australia, with the first being delivered in East Perth. More than 160 new units will be delivered across both facilities.
As stated by Homelessness Minister John Carey:
“The Common Ground facilities are a key pillar of our long-term response to addressing homelessness in Western Australia, and it’s fantastic to be able to unveil the first concept design for the Mandurah facility.
“Mandurah Common Ground will include around 50 new units which will provide both accommodation and intensive wraparound supports for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“The Common Ground model delivers on our commitment to the Housing First approach which is about providing both housing and critical supports, so people can build independence and break the cycle of homelessness.
“The design itself looks fantastic and I know the architects have been working with key stakeholders in the development, including those with lived experience of homelessness.
“The State Government with the support of the Australian Government is also investing in the delivery of the Perth Common Ground, which forms part of the Perth City Deal’s Homelessness Housing Projects.
“The Mandurah and Perth Common Ground projects are key initiatives supporting the State’s first dedicated strategy tackling homelessness, All Paths Lead to a Home: Western Australia’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030.”
As stated by Mandurah MLA David Templeman:
“It’s fantastic to see such a contemporary design for this facility which will provide critical support for rough sleepers in the Mandurah and Peel region.
“Our Government is investing $2.4 billion on social housing and homelessness services in the coming four years, and the Mandurah Common Ground is a high priority project.”