Home Sweet Home for the Marcal Family

Lila Marcal worked closely with her housing officer to find the perfect home for herself, her husband Celestino, and their growing family.

“When I came here, I fell in love with this house.  I declared then, it will be my house,” Lila said.

Twelve years later, that dream has become a reality.

The Department of Housing and Community Development has pathways to help eligible public housing tenants to purchase the property in which they are currently residing.

Not all public housing is for sale, but eligible tenants can apply for an assessment.

“It was a journey,” Lila said, but one which means this year, she and her family will be spending Christmas in their first home.

Since purchasing the property, Lila and Celestino have set to work repainting the fence and exterior of the house, personalising the garden, and renovating the kitchen.

“My husband lost everything in Timor… he was a refugee in Portugal for ten years… he has never been rooted in one place. Now he has a home. Now he has roots in Darwin,” Lila said.

Lila encourages all public housing tenants to go on the same journey to home ownership.

"Don't lose hope, no matter how many no's you hear... it will happen... and start saving," she said

To find out more about how you can buy your public housing home, visit https://nt.gov.au/property/public-housing/how-to-buy-your-public-housing-home/introduction

Lila and Celestino Marcal with their house as their background