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8 June 2020
The Six-month Disaster Appeal Report opens with a message from Australia Territory leaders Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson: “The Salvation Army’s response to this national crisis has shifted from emergency response and immediate relief to medium- to long-term recovery. Our experience in dealing with disasters tells us that recovery and rebuild can take anywhere up to three years, and The Salvation Army is committed to standing by communities for the long haul.”
The report reveals that of the $41 million in funds donated to The Salvation Army Bushfire Appeal, more than $20 million has already been distributed. “Of the remaining $21 million, from May 2020, $14 million in new grants will be distributed to bolster long-term recovery and rebuilding,” the report states.
“The Salvation Army has also committed $1.5 million to support families in New South Wales with temporary homes. The remaining $5.5 million will be distributed to best meet the needs of individuals and families over the next three years.”
The report outlines the range of assistance The Salvation Army has been able to offer in bushfire-affected areas, including specialist financial assistance, through the provision of Doorways and Moneycare financial counselling.
“Moneycare financial counsellors were active since November 2019, as they helped people navigate the complexities of insurance and debt as a result of the fires. They also provided general support and advice around grants and benefits available,” the report reads.
Millions of dollars in Salvation Army disaster recovery grants were distributed to affected households between November 2019 and April 2020:
“With COVID-19 placing constraints on how all Australians interact, The Salvation Army has had to adapt,” the report reads, but says that it is “continuing to stand by people impacted by the bushfires with teams assessing applications for support online or on the phone.”
You can read and download the Six-Month Disaster Appeal Report here