Pearls Australiasia executive director David Higgins with the Habitat for Humanity QLD deputy chairman Ray Burke at one of the houses donated for flood families.
Pearls Australiasia executive director David Higgins with the Habitat for Humanity QLD deputy chairman Ray Burke at one of the houses donated for flood families. Sarah Harvey

Homes for city’s most needy

LIFE for three flood-affected Ipswich families will soon dramatically turn around, as new homes are given to some of the city’s most needy.

Pearls Australasia executive director David Higgins said Pearls MiiHome would partner with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to offer the homes.

Mr Higgins said that due privacy concerns, authorities could not provide Pearls and Habitat with the names of what could be up to 100 families whose homes were destroyed by floodwaters.

“We know anecdotally that there are many uninsured families still living on their homes sites, who will not receive enough financial support from governments to rebuild,” Mr Higgins said.

“We ask them to please make contact with Habitat for Humanity, which will then independently determine the three most deserving families against their agreed criteria.

“From there, we will work with Ipswich City Council and Habitat for Humanity’s large volunteer workforce to get them into new homes within weeks, not months.”

Habitat for Humanity spokesman Trevor Foote said the not-for-profit organisation had already interviewed eight families.

Mr Foote said anyone whose home had been so severely affected it would have to be demolished, was encouraged to apply.

“It will be hard to pick the three most needy families,” he said.

“Already out of eight, we have four who would be deserving.

“But we believe we can do it, we have already had the experience with Habitat.”

Mr Foote said people were given a week to get in touch, with construction of the homes to start in August.

In Ipswich over the past three years Habitat has provided housing for three families who were previously caught in the rental cycle and were unable to imagine owning their own home.

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