COMMON GROUND/YOUTH FOYER PROJECT_WAGGA WAGGA, NSW

Working with Argyle Community Housing, Baumgart Clark Architects has designed a broad-acre campus style social housing development based on an integrated Common Ground and Youth Foyer (CGYF) model. The CGYF Project would provide a back-to-back conduit for residents to move from the Youth Foyer into the adjoining Common Ground residential accommodation, creating an ongoing alternative to adult homelessness within a familiar setting.

 The concept of a combined Common Ground/Youth Foyer facility is a first. Both Foyers and Common Ground facilities have been independently built across Australia, but a combined facility has not yet been envisioned until now.

The facility will provide accommodation for people at risk of homelessness under a staged accommodation strategy.  A key pathway into or precursor of persistent adult homelessness can be avoided, with real social and financial benefits for the community overall, as well as the individuals concerned. The provision of a stable living situation, combined with a commitment to study and skills training or employment, will help  deliver better lives for the residents.

Client: Argyle Housing, NSW (Social & Community Housing Provider)

Project size: >$40 million