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Common Ground Against Homelessness

What they do

Common Ground works with local homeless charity partners in Edinburgh to help provide long term housing for street homeless people.

The Society

The idea behind the development of the Society is to create an organisation through which people can invest in housing for homeless people.

Thus, Common Ground against Homelessness (CGAH) came into being. It's aim is to be in solidarity with homeless people, by putting money into buying the bricks and mortar, which will provide a home for life.

Common Ground works with organisations such as Rowan Alba, who have developed a 'home for life' model for Edinburgh's street homeless. It has been hampered by unaffordable housing costs and Common Ground addresses that issue by enabling people to invest their money to purchase properties which can then be leased to organisations such as Rowan Alba. 

Common Ground 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.

Common Ground's first project

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.

The property will be leased on a long-term basis to local charity Rowan Alba, who have over 25 years of experience in making homes for life for street homeless people.

Full details of the property, with a video walkaround, can be viewed here

Project partner - Rowan Alba

Common Ground's project partner, Rowan Alba, are a charity providing support and accommodation for formerly street homeless people.

For the past two years, Rowan Alba have been attempting to source appropriate accommodation to replicate their unique Thorntree service.

In 2005, Rowan Alba Limited opened Thorntree Street. It provides a home for life to twelve men aged 50+ who had previously been on the street, or at risk of homelessness. Support is available round the clock and three meals a day are provided.

Finding more suitable accommodation to replicate this home for life model has proved challenging. Accommodation in Edinburgh is very expensive. Some homeless people, those with addiction or profound mental health needs benefit from living in supported accommodation. Accessing suitable accommodation to provide this is also a challenge. This is where Common Ground come in by providing a suitably reburbished building to enable Rowan Alba to replicate their successful model.

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