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.  


"After sleeping in my car and wondering where my next meal was coming from, Carrington Cottages offered my a room. Three years later I have my own house, a job, and can't thank The Cottages enough." - name witheld


Message from the Chair


Carrington Cottages Limited 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, recently renovated, nineteenth century terrace houses in Carrington Street  Adelaide,  Carrington Cottages has sixty single bedrooms, with tenants sharing kitchens, bathrooms and backyard recreation areas. We aim to provide a supportive environment for men who have been homeless to rebuild their skills, confidence and motivation to move on to independent living.

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.

Bob Warner



(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 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.

Homelessness data from the 2016 Census

The 2016 Census data on Homelessness was released 14 March 2018.

See this website for the full report:

A summation of some of the key findings are below for your information and interest:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics continues to use a broad definition of “homelessness” – much more than “rooflessness”.

Homelessness is not just the result of too few houses. Its causes are many and varied. Domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown and drug and alcohol abuse all contribute to the level of homelessness in Australia (FaHCSIA, 2008). Homelessness is not a choice. Homelessness is one of the most potent examples of disadvantage in the community, and one of the most important markers of social exclusion (Department of Human Services, 2002).

The number of homeless people in boarding houses in Australia is increasing.

There were 17,503 homeless persons living in boarding houses on Census night in 2016, up 17% on the estimate for 2011. The majority of the increase is attributed to New South Wales, up 19% or 1,076 persons to 6,869 in 2016 from 5,793 in 2011.

With regard to boarding houses, the ABS Census 2016 data analysis shows that men are almost three-quarters of all boarding house tenants, and that almost half the total boarding house population is over 45 years of age

The majority of the homeless boarding house population is male (73%). They are also older than the rest of the homeless population with 45% of the boarding house homeless population aged 45 years and over, compared to 25% of the total homeless population being in that age bracket.

Older Australians (aged 55 years and over) made up 16% (18,625 persons) of the total homeless population in 2016… For older persons, most are in boarding houses (27%), followed by staying temporarily in other households (24%).

Males accounted for 63% of older Australians who were homeless on Census night in 2016, increasing by 26% (or 2,407 persons) to 11,757 in 2016. The number of homeless older Australian females increased by 31% to 6,866 in 2016, up from 5,234 persons in 2011.

Carrington Cottages focus is on providing immediate accommodation for men who, in our experience, reflect  these statistics.

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.)


Carrington Cottages Limited 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”

I was too scared to sleep at night before I moved to Carrington Cottages. My first night at Carrington I felt safe and secure. There was no noise and no fear I would be bashed whilst I slept. It was the first night I slept for 6 months. I will never forget that experience“ Robert

At Carrington Cottages we provide the following services for the benefit, comfort and well-being 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 in 2019.

Our approach to the Government is to locate disused accommodation, within or close to the CBD. Provided the Government is prepared to offer a reasonable lease , price and duration, 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 previously homeless, are provided with reasonable short- to medium-term accommodation supervised by Carrington Cottages.

Projects in progress and planned for the near future


•Create further common areas for group events

•Provide Wi-Fi access for all residents - in progress

•Provision of services for Veterans

•Provide more common areas for recreation and support activities


•Tenants Coordination Committee which assists with Oz Harvest deliveries and the development and organisation of

•Provide supervised private accommodation in suburban flats as a first stage for tenants on transition to independent living Continue to expand this provision.

•Create an improved cohesive support framework for tenants.

  • Improve networking and liaison with other Adelaide homelessness agencies

  • OPSM Salisbury providing free glasses and lenses for residents, enabling many of the men to see properly for the first time in a long time.

  • Adelaide Discount Pharmacy Carrington Street Adelaide is providing low cost medications for residents and support.

•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.

  • Case management for residents through the Aspire Program

  • Work with Street to Home who assist with room allocation

  • Partnership with Wise Employment who are providing work opportunities and resilience training.

Our Sponsors

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors, who assist us in providing accomodation that feels like 'home'.  

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.