Friday 27 November, 2020

Sea Lots family gets gov't assistance after fire destroys their home

A Sea Lots family whose home was completely destroyed by fire over the weekend has received assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services.

Ray Roger Moore’s Concession Road home was burnt to the ground on October 17. He lived there with his common-law wife and five children.

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox met with Moore at the Ministry’s Head Office on Monday where he was presented with two food cards and a wheelchair for his son who has cerebral palsy.

The family is said to be in receipt of Disability Assistance and Public Assistance Grants from the Ministry. All members have also been assessed by an Officer of the Ministry’s National Family Services Division for counselling and psychosocial support.

"The Ministry will also liaise with other government agencies where further assistance can be provided to help restore the family to some level of normalcy," the statement said.

Moore reportedly indicated that he was grateful for all the support provided to date, especially the wheelchair, as it will assist him in easily transporting his son since his vehicle was also destroyed in the fire.

Minister Cox said her office will continue to provide assistance, as necessary, to Moore and all other families that are now being distressed due to natural and other man-made disasters. She also stated that the Ministry remains committed to providing a responsive social services delivery system.

Port-of-Spain South MP Keith Scotland and Councillor for St Ann's River South, Jenneil Frederick, alerted Cox to the fire. Hours after the incident, officers attached to the Ministry’s National Social Development Programme (NSDP) were onsite to immediately conduct assessments for disaster relief grants.

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