Percy Court celebrates 8th anniversary

In Alice Springs, the Aherlkeme Development Centre also known as Percy Court celebrated its 8th anniversary earlier this month.

In partnership with Mission Australia, the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development uses the centre to provide transitional accommodation and access to support services for Territorians who are homeless or who are at risk.

To celebrate this milestone, Regional Support Services Leader Abin Cyriac from Mission Australia invited some of their previous tenants who completed their transitional program at the centre.

“We invited some of the former tenants that have successfully come through here and who have transitioned into long-term tenancies,’’ he said.

During their time at the centre, each and every tenant is also supported for 6 to 12 months through case workers who help them transition into long-term accommodation. Training programs on life skills are also provided to tenants for gardening, laundry, house cleaning as well as safety for children.

One of their previous tenants Gracie Price who attended the celebration completed the centre’s transitional program after a year.

“I had a good experience,” Gracie said.

"Percy Court was very helpful to me and the other mob there. We held meetings and did training in laundry,” she said.

“I also learnt how to make cakes,” Gracie said.

Since completing the program in 2017, Gracie has been living in the same house and has continued to maintain her tenancy.

(From left to right) Former Percy Court residents Joeleen Loy and Gracie Price, Mission Australia Program Manager Eric Turner and Senior Housing Officer Shae Landon cut the cake together at the centre’s 8th anniversary.
(From left to right) Former Percy Court residents Joeleen Loy and Gracie Price, Mission Australia Program Manager Eric Turner and Senior Housing Officer Shae Landon cut the cake together at the centre’s 8th anniversary.