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Red Cross launches financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW

Thursday 15 April, 2021

Australian Red Cross is opening grant applications for people whose homes have been destroyed or made uninhabitable due to the recent floods.

People can apply for a payment of $1000 per household to help cover immediate costs like temporary accommodation, food, clothes and bedding.   

“We encourage people whose homes are uninhabitable to seek all assistance available, so they have some relief as they take their first steps to recovery.” said Australian Red Cross NSW Director Poppy Brown.

This assistance complements other support available, including from Federal and NSW Governments, for more details people are advised to contact Service NSW.

“It is a very challenging time for communities in NSW, with lives, homes and livelihoods lost, on the back of drought, bushfires and COVID-19,” said Ms Brown.

“Our teams of Red Cross volunteers are still supporting communities in recovery centres providing psychological first aid and helping them access services and essentials.

 “As recovery gets underway, Red Cross will stand by communities working in partnership with government and other relief agencies to ensure our continued response best meets community need.

“We want to thank the generosity of donors, including our supporters at the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia Post, the Commonwealth Bank, Facebook, Paypal, Qantas and QMS Media,” said Ms Brown.

Applications can be made via redcross.org.au/floodgrants. Applications are opening on Thursday 15 April 2021. If assistance is required, please contact the Red Cross grants team via 1800 RED CROSS (1800 733 276) or email grants@redcross.org.au.

For more information, or interview requests, please contact media@redcross.org.au