This critical project is designed to end homelessness for people in St Kilda, specifically for community members who are sleeping rough or who have experienced chronic homelessness.

The $10.5m initiative will deliver 26 self-contained permanent social housing units in a new three-storey building, with residents supported by dedicated 24×7 on-site services. It will more than double the number of community housing units previously located at 28 Wellington Street. The project is collaboration between the City of Port Phillip, Homes Victoria and St Kilda Community Housing, and it will be operated by this community housing team.

Facilities and Services

Located close to housing support agencies, public transport and shops, Wellington Street Common Ground will feature

  • 26 self-contained studio units.
  • Communal spaces including a lounge, kitchen, and dining area; and a laundry facility, bicycle storage, and landscaped outdoor open space.
  • On-site concierge services, with a staffed reception desk designed to provide security and supervision for the building. 
  • A range of support services tailored to individual needs. This may include
    • Medical care (drug and alcohol, mental health, and nursing services) and allied health services like counselling, case management and occupational therapy. 
    • Social skills training and skill development in areas like nutrition and cooking, and pathways to independent living
    • Social activities such as art classes. 
    • Employment, income support and legal services, and advice and support on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 
  • Staff facilities for tenancy management and housing support services, and consulting rooms for the provision of health, wellbeing and other support services.

Construction Update

Demolition of the existing building at 28 Wellington Street commenced in February 2024, and construction is due for completion in June 2025. Visit this site often for updates on our progress. 

More about Common Ground Initiatives and Housing First

28 Wellington Street is an initiative based on ‘Common Ground’ models, which integrate housing provision in a congregate setting with intensive support services for vulnerable community members who may have complex and lifelong challenges. ‘Housing First’ principles apply, ensuring homeless people are immediately housed in a permanent, safe and secure environment.


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