An inner-city boarding house that helps people sleeping rough to transition from homelessness into stable housing is re-opening in the Adelaide CBD and will take couples and their pets for the first time.

The unique accommodation will re-open this month following $62,000 worth of maintenance and upgrade work. The boarding house in Waymouth Street will be managed by Adelaide Zero Project (AZP) partner, Carrington Cottages, in collaboration with other homeless services.

It will help people on the AZP By-Name List, including couples and people with pets, who otherwise might be sleeping rough in the city. The new accommodation will provide people with transitional accommodation while they are supported into stable housing.

Couples and pets are typically not accepted into boarding houses, and this can present a barrier to people who want to move into housing, but don’t want to leave their partner or pet.

The Waymouth Street boarding house will accommodate up to 22 people with diverse needs who have been rough sleeping and who need specialist services to help them to stabilise their lives.