We’re committed to providing and improving shelter for families that have been affected by natural disasters.
After the violent storms in June 2021 that ravaged the outer east of Melbourne, we launched a storm recovery program assisting vulnerable homeowners to clean up their properties by cutting and removing fallen trees, clearing debris and conducting minor home repairs.
The extended COVID 19 related Lockdown periods has made it impossible for many people to attend to their properties and are still in urgent need for practical “hands on assistance” to address the damage.
Through this program, we’re providing practical hands-on support which is helping to make a real difference for the community affected by these storms.
Sarah from Cockatoo was a recent recipient of the Storm Recovery program. She’s faced an enormously challenging year, with her father moving in due to a serious and sudden health issue, requiring renovations for disability access. Soon after, her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer and sadly passed away.
The June storms caused multiple trees to fall on her property and damage fences. Now facing the work as a single mother; it was beyond her physical and emotional capacity. Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s Storm Recovery team came in and removed meters of debris and split and stacked multiple cubic meters of firewood.
Sarah stated that the work HFHV did as part of the Storm Recovery Program "made me feel like I wasn't doing it alone. I felt people cared and there was a community around me, like there was some weight lifted from my shoulders."
Want to get involved?
If you want to join our Storm Recovery Program and help a family build back after the storms, register your interest to volunteer here.
Bushfire Recovery Housing Pilot Project
After the Black Summer bushfires in 2019/2020 we built temporary houses out of shipping containers for bushfire affected families so they had a safe and secure place to live whilst they rebuilt their homes, and their lives too. Find out more information about this pilot program here.
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