Melbourne bushfires
Aftermath of Australian bushfire. Photo – Canva.
  • 35 individuals and households affected by last year's bushfires have been assisted
  • The property owner has to pay a "small hiring fee" set at equivalent public housing rates
  • The hire fee will never be more than 25% of a family or individual's income, often lower

More than thirty-five households affected by the 2019-20 Victorian bush fires have been re-housed under the state government’s Short-Term Modular Housing program.

The modular housing option is aimed at people who lost their “principal place of residence” in the appalling fires that swept through the state two summers ago.

The house can be assembled for up to three years while the rebuild is progressing. The homes come in standard designs that can accommodate most needs, including mobility needs, said the statement from Premier Daniel Andrews’ office.

The property owner has to pay a “small hiring fee” set at equivalent public housing rates. Independent advice can be sought to determine what is the fair and right amount to pay.

The hire fee will never be more than 25% of a family or individual’s income, and in “most cases”, the statement said, fees are lower.

“We’re proud to have supported more than thirty-five bushfire-affected families and individuals to return to their properties in Short-Term Modular Housing while they get on with their rebuild.”

Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson

Danny Pearson MP
Danny Pearson MP. Photo – Twitter.

“Short-Term Modular Housing gives people a safe and comfortable place to call home while they progress their permanent rebuild.”

Applications for Short-Term Modular Housing are still open and people are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, residents must be engaged in the Bushfire Recovery Support program and intend to rebuild their residence within three years.

Call 1800 560 760 and speak with a local Bushfire Recovery Support Worker.

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