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Hurricane Relief Desk Opens [Nassau Guardian]
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Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 08:32:59 pm
Fig Tree News TeamHurricane relief desk opens
24 September 2004

By RAYMOND KONGWA, Guardian Staff Reporter

House repairs, rent, financial and food assistance make up the hardship relief Government is extending to certain groups affected by Hurricane Frances.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin announced Thursday that a Hurricane Relief Desk had been set up in the Department of Social Services "to assist qualified old age pensioners, persons with disabilities and other persons with limited income who are incurring hardship due in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances."

The relief desk would receive and process applications; follow-up on referrals to ensure appropriate distribution; and partner with private sector groups to provide additional aid. The following were listed as requirements for eligibilty:

* All applicants must be 18 years or older

* Applications for assistance must be related to Hurricane France.

* Old age pensioners, persons with disabilities and other persons without sufficient income to affect repairs or replace losses occasioned by the hurricane.

* Applicants must own and occupy the home for which requests are made for repairs

* Applicants must be without hurricane insurance coverage

* Applicants must be suffering genuine hardship due to damages and/or losses sustained from Hurricane Frances

The Minister said teams from various government agencies had conducted door-to-door assessments in badly affected Grand Bahama and Family Island Communities. However in cases where persons were missed, applications could be made to Department offices in the respective districts.

Persons affected in New Providence were advised to make application at the following locations:

* Clarence Bain Building, Thompson Boulevard (tel 326-0526, 326-0451)

* Munnings Building, Nassau Street (tel 322-7121)

* National Insurance Building, Wulff Road (tel 356-9391)

* National Insurance Building, Fox Hill (tel 364-7224)

The deadline for applications is Friday Oct. 29, 2004. The assessment process began Sept. 6 and has been completed in North Andros, The Berry Islands, Cat Island and San Salvador, Mrs Griffin announced.

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