Lease supports the expansion of Salvation Army program

The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development is supporting the expansion of the Salvation Army’s Towards Independence Program, through the provision of a nine-unit complex in Alice Springs.

The department has entered into a 12 month lease with the Salvation Army for the complex in Gap Road, enabling it to expand its program supporting families who are experiencing, or who are at risk of homelessness.

This is part of the department’s Industry Housing Assistance Scheme where dwellings are leased to key organisations that provide vital support services for the community, through a subsidised rent arrangement.

The Salvation Army’s Social Programme Network Director (Alice Springs) Nari McGifford said the Gap Road complex was selected due to its size and mix of one and two bedroom units, making it easy for a service provider to manage.

“This allows for concentrated support, with all nine units in one location,” Nari said.

Department senior director Julie Rannard said the complex had also received extensive work under the recent $69 million stimulus program, prior to the handover to The Salvation Army.

“All the units were refurbished, and security lighting was installed, landscaping work was undertaken, and external painting was completed,” Julie said.

“The department is supportive of programs that not only assists Territorians in need, but helps them to transition to sustainable and appropriate housing,” she said.

The Salvation Army’s TIPAS Program Manager Ann Dunn and Chaplain Peter Aspin are happy to hear about the news.
The Salvation Army’s TIPAS Program Manager Ann Dunn and Chaplain Peter Aspin are happy to hear about the news.

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