Monday 15 July, 2019

Cedros families to receive temporary HDC housing in Point Fortin

The five families who were affected by Monday's coastal erosion at Bois Burg Village, Cedros, will receive temporary housing at the Housing Development Corporation's Point Fortin housing scheme.

This was revealed by Leader of Government Business, Franklin Khan, in response to the urgent question posed by Senator Paul Richards on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of Social Development Minister Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, Minister Khan said accommodation will be provided to those families who suffered major loss after the necessary assessments by the Government are completed.

These include interviews with the 20 displaced persons who initially opted to stay with family following the incident.

“Vacant housing units have been identified in the Point Fortin area which is the closest HDC development to Cedros and very likely the affected families will be provided with a temporary solution there.” 

As to how the children will get to school from Point Fortin, the Minister said transportation will be provided.

“Cedros is part of the Point Fortin constituency so I’m almost sure that temporary arrangements will be made for them to transport them because if they are primary school students, I’m almost certain that they are attending schools in Cedros.”

Meanwhile, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said he expected a report on Wednesday, on if any other family is under threat of coastal erosion.

“At 7 am this morning, Social workers attached to the Social and Community Relations Department of the HDC were dispatched to Cedros to interview and conduct an assessment of the affected families. Eight families presented themselves as persons in need of emergency housing assistance. They were interviewed and assessments are being conducted as we speak.”

Minister Khan also gave a breakdown of the grants available to persons affected by natural disasters which include:

1 A $10 000 contribution toward household items;

2 A clothing grant at $1000 per person;

3 School supplies which include $1000 for a child attending secondary and $700 for primary schools;

4 House repairs up to the value of $20 000;

5 A house rental grant at 2,500 per month for an initial period of three months and if alternate accommodation is required, this may be extended by a further three months depending on the situation

6 And counselling support 

"Accordingly, affected families will be visited by officers of the ministry of social development and family services between today and tomorrow,” he said.


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