$6 million upgrade to Alice Springs crisis accommodation

Women and children seeking refuge from family violence in Central Australia will soon have brand new crisis accommodation, thanks to a $6 million grant from the Territory Government.

The grant has enabled the Women’s Safety Services of Central Australia (WoSSCA), formerly the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter, to completely redevelop their existing site with the building of a new 13 room crisis accommodation building with capacity for 30 beds.

It has also facilitated the renovation of existing buildings into a new learning hub to enable the service to offer a new family space, training kitchen, pantry and an art and craft training room.

It also has a women’s space, where women experiencing homelessness can come to have a meal and shower.

The new facility will provide more flexible, family focused accommodation for women and their children in Central Australia who are under immediate threat from domestic violence.

WoSSCA is a secure, 24/7 crisis accommodation provider, that also provides support services for women in Central Australia including outreach support and court support.

At 42 years old, WoSSCA is one of the oldest, independently run family violence services in Australia.

Alice Springs architect Tangentyere Designs won the project design tender, while construction of the new building and the redevelopment of the existing building by local firm Asbuild supported 33 local jobs.

Source: NT Government