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Common Ground Against Homelessness

Social performance

Investment in Common Ground's first share offer will enable it to  purchase a property in Edinburgh and convert it into a 9-bed home for life for homeless men.

Core Values

Common Ground's aim is to be in solidarity with homeless people, by enabling social investors to put their money into buying the bricks and mortar, which will provide a home for life.


In getting, and keeping people off the streets, you will not only help them, but you will also save the public purse literally millions of pounds.

You will be helping in a very practical, pragmatic way to end homelessness. You will be part of the solution, and your investment will ensure that CGAH has the funds to buy the properties.

But a home for life isn’t just about bricks and mortar. CGAH will partner with charities who have the expertise to keep people off the streets, and offer the dignity, choice and security we all aspire to.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Providing homeless people with a safe and secure home for life

The funds from this first share offer will be used to purchase a four bed residential property in Edinburgh to convert it into 9 self-contained en-suite room accommodation for which planning permission has been obtained.

The re-modelling/refurbishing will provide a home for 9 homeless men with communal areas and space for 24 hour support staff.

Current plans developed by the Housing and Rough Sleeping Group focus heavily on an organisation called Housing First. However, Housing First’s approach will only meet around 80% of the need, according to Everyone Home, a collective of homelessness charities and academics. So, around 20% of rough sleepers will need long term supported accommodation.

The type of long term supported accommodation Rowan Alba have created at Thorntree St. will give these marginalised individuals a home for life. Common Ground’s development will support other front-line Charity services in Scotland who can deliver accommodation of this standard and effectiveness.

KSPI 2 - Providing homeless people with the support they need

Rowan Alba’s approach at their Thorntree Street accommodation service in Leith is simple: give people an immediate self-contained permanent home, with no conditions and no requirements to prove they are ‘housing ready’. Tenants benefit from 24 hour support, communality , and three meals a day, which improves their physical and mental health. Since 2005 they have given 70 previously entrenched homeless men a home for life, with an average stay of 10 years. 

Many of the men who live in Thorntree Street have come from services where they had been described as having ‘behaviours unsuitable for the service’. Common Ground believe that this suggests that it was the other way around. ‘Services’ were unsuitable for them. Homes, that provide Safety and Security, make a difference that would be difficult for any ‘Service’ to quantify.

KSPI 3 - Building an inclusive community

Over the next 10 years, it is Common Ground's intention to raise over £10,000,000 and invest in property to accommodate up to 15 homeless people every year. Assuming a scaling up of costs and income, they will be looking to raise around £1,218,750 every year.

As Common Ground grows, they will empower residents to take an active role in the management of the organisation alongside the experience of their board.

Under Common Ground's Rules, it can have up to 10 people elected to the board and up to 3 of them can be by and from users of its services.

This innovative approach will keep Common Ground Against Homelessness with it’s feet on the ground as it grows. It only exists to improve the lives of people who have overcome huge challenges to get off the streets and make their new life work.

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