The Salvation Army has released details of its latest bushfire recovery grants as it continues to stand alongside those impacted by the devastating 2019-20 bushfires.
As at 28 February, The Salvation Army had distributed over $19 million of the $32.9 million in funds that have been received and banked. More than $7.8 million has gone towards immediate emergency and relief efforts since Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams were activated in September 2019.
Almost $12 million has been distributed directly to more than 7900 individuals and families in the form of hardship payments, including petrol, essential supplies, food or emergency accommodation.
A variety of recovery grants are now being offered to people impacted by the fires.
The Hardship Recovery Grant provides assistance to individuals and families experiencing ongoing extreme hardship as a result of the bushfire disaster.
The Significant Loss Grant provides assistance to individuals and families in bushfire-impacted areas who have suffered extended evacuation from their place of residence, extended loss of essential services (water/power), other significant property damage, or income loss due to their place of work being damaged or destroyed.
And the Total Loss of Residence Grant provides assistance to individuals and families in bushfire-impacted areas whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or rendered permanently uninhabitable.
“It’s going to take many years for their community to recover, to heal from the trauma, to rebuild lives, homes and businesses,” said Jo Popplestone, a Salvation Army Doorways casework practice manager, who spent a week at a recovery centre on the NSW South Coast in January.