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Crisis accommodation to be refreshed
November 26, 2021
Five Emerge crisis properties are due to be refreshed through the Victoria’s government’s Housing Stimulus program in the new year.
The properties, are owned by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, and managed by Emerge.
The work includes replacing bathrooms, toilets and kitchens as well as increasing the safety and security of each property.
The properties were built in the 1960s and have had few updates since then.
“They have certainly seen more families through them than the average home,” Jessica, Manager Integrated Family Services, said.
The women live in the homes rent-free however they pay utility bills and are otherwise self-sufficient.
“The families living in our crisis accommodation have moved from our refuge where they were supported by our workers. They stay in crisis homes until we are able to find other housing whether it is transitional, public housing or – if they can afford it – private rental,” Jessica said.
The housing stimulus program is run by Homes Victoria, as part of the Building Works package dedicated to creating thousands of jobs and boosting Victoria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This investment is part of a state-wide $2.7 billion infrastructure investment and will prioritise works that will start months to help fast-track economic recovery.