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No charge for temporary domes

The Disaster Reconstruction Authority announced yesterday the government will not charge Abaconians for the use of temporary dome housing on the island.

“The temporary domes are free of charge,” the authority said in a statement.

“Information regarding the applications for the domes will be issued this week.”

It added, “The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority is working to provide temporary housing solutions for Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian. The government has chosen to erect temporary dome structures as one of the solutions. Domes are under construction in Spring City, Abaco.”

Dorian decimated portions of Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September.

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced the government will erect domes as temporary housing for Abaco storm victims.

Last week, Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness  Iram Lewis said the first 40 domes are still being installed and residents have not been able to occupy them as yet.

Lewis said there was no deadline in place for the completion of the dome city.

Yesterday, the authority said additional domes are expected to arrive in The Bahamas by the end of the month.

“They will be made available to residents in the impacted areas who wish to place them on their properties as temporary residential structures while they repair or rebuild their homes,” it said.

Another initiative that was announced by the government in the aftermath of Dorian is a home repair program.

According to the authority, the government’s repair program for structures damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Dorian will begin the first week in February.

Residents will be able to use vouchers to purchase building materials and other items related to home restoration, the authority said.

It said there will be four categories for which vouchers will be granted: Residents whose homes were assessed with minimal damage will be eligible for $2,500 in vouchers; those with medium damage will be eligible for $5,000 in vouchers; those with major damage will be eligible for $7,500 in vouchers; and those whose homes were destroyed will be eligible for $10,000 in vouchers.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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