Welcome to
Carrington Cottages

empathy | safety | inclusion | empowerment

We provide safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation for 60 men
on low incomes. With your support we can continue to enhance our offer

and do more to assist in this ever increasing area of need.  


From the Chairman

Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated is a registered not-for-profit association that provides boarding house accommodation for men who are transitioning from homelessness to independent living. Located in two nineteenth century terrace houses in Carrington Street  Adelaide,  Carrington Cottages has sixty single bedrooms, with tenants sharing kitchens, bathrooms and backyard recreation areas.

Carrington Cottages receives no direct government funding; we use the rent paid by our tenants to run the boarding house. The SA Government indirectly supports our organisation by leasing the two buildings to us at an affordable rent. The Commonwealth Government pays our tenants on pensions a rental subsidy that enables us to keep the rent we charge at a reasonable level.

Please look around our web site. We are always looking for friends to work with us in supporting homeless men in Adelaide. If you would like to help, please send me an email.

Dr Bill Griffiths
Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated



(08) 8232 2664



132-140 & 154-160
Carrington Street
Adelaide, SA 5000


What is homelessness

The classic definition of homelessness refers to a lack of one or more of the following three basic amenities:

1.An adequate dwelling place: security, personal safety, protection from the elements, private sleeping arrangements, facilities for cooking meals

2.Security of tenure in the dwelling place: not subject to eviction without notice

3.Access to spaces for social relationships: places to invite friends to sit and talk


Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated aims to counter this situation by providing a transitional moment in which men can escape from the cycle of homelessness by providing a safe and secure environment from which they can launch into more permanent housing.


Types of homelessness:



The Australian Bureau of Statistics uses the Chamberlain and MacKenzie (2008) model of homelessness that makes Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated’s role in reducing homelessness clear.

•Tertiary homelessness: people living in single rooms in private boarding houses without their own bathroom, kitchen or security of tenure;

•Secondary homelessness: people moving between various forms of temporary shelter including friends, emergency accommodation, youth refuges, hostels and boarding houses;

•Primary homelessness: people without conventional accommodation (living in the streets, in deserted buildings, improvised dwellings, under bridges, in parks, etc.)


CCMI ensure the availability of more rooms to increase Tertiary homeless so as to reduce the number of actively homeless and to reduce significantly the numbers returning to the inflow of the active homeless from the permanent

housing sector.


Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated ensures the availability of more rooms designed to increase Tertiary homeless,  reducing the number of actively homeless, whilst reducing significantly the numbers returning to the influx of the active homeless from the permanent housing sector.

We believe that everyone should have a safe and secure place to call “home”

At Carrington Cottages we provide the following services for the benefit, comfort and wellbeing of our residents:


 We provide safe, comfortable and affordable accomodation. 

Safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation 


Practical support for residents


Coordination of food donations


Organisation of social activities


Transport to medical and welfare appointments


A listening ear and referral to professional services for tenants with issues


Our plans for 2018

We are excited to be at the end of our renovations which  whilst providing an increase in capacity also most importantly provides totally refurbished rooms for our men in addition to new kitchens. This extensive work  has increased our single bedroom accommodation to 60 from the previous 50, a 20% increase!

We continue to  negotiate with the SA Government for leases over additional properties that would make acceptable boarding houses as the need for our services continues to increase. We anticipate that our pursuits will bear fruit this year.

Our approach to the Government is to locate unused accommodation within or close to the CBD. Provided the Government is prepared to offer a reasonable lease - price and length - we can show a win-win-win bottom line: empty Government property put to good use; a reasonable income to the Government; and a further group of men are provided with reasonable short- to medium-term accommodation supervised by Carrington Cottages.

Projects for the near future


•Upgrade furniture and equipment in residents’ rooms

•Provide Wi-Fi access for all residents

•Install photovoltaic electricity systems to reduce our substantial power bills

•Provide more common areas for recreation and support activities

•Ensure basic ambulance care is adopted by all residents

•Provide “starter kits” (basic household goods – linen; cookware; cleaning materials) to residents moving on to private accommodation

•Provide supervised private accommodation in suburban flats as a first stage for tenants on transition to independent living 

•Create an improved cohesive support framework for tenants.

  •  Improve networking and liaison with other Adelaide homelessness agencies

•Explore an extension of our model that works to other locations outside the CBD that could be used as a sort of “halfway house” for men who are becoming ready to move to live independently

Our Sponsors


Manscaping Days

Joint Hair have kindly donated their time and expertise to provide two Manscaping days for Carrington Cottage residents.

The inaugural event commenced with  hair cuts, beard trims and friendly banter and was followed by lunch  which consisted of healthy burgers generously donated by Grill'd of Norwood. 

A second sitting was in demand and as such Monday mid November the generous Joint Hairdressers volunteered their services again for a morning of barber shop activities. The men were treated to cuts, shaves and styling before enjoying a lunch of Sicilian Style Grandma pizzas donated by Bianca. 

We are very grateful to our sponsors for helping putting that extra smile on the face of our residents.