Shelter numbers continue to dwindle

The number of shelter residents in New Providence has decreased from 700 to 585, according to a recent update from the Department of Social Services yesterday.

According to the release, there are 457 residents at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium, inclusive of three tents, and 128 at the Bahamas Academy campus.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, there were 10 government approved shelters in New Providence.

Last month, Social Services Deputy Director Kim Sawyer said the department consolidated these shelters because its manpower was being stretched.

She added that the shelters housed over 1,000 people, however, there were 700 living in the gym at the time.

On September 19, the department reported that there were 1,759 residents in shelters across New Providence.

At the time, 1,056 residents were at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium with 150 situated in Tent A, 146 in Tent B, and none in Tent C.

Bahamas Academy, at the time, housed 192 residents.

The department has yet to explain the cause of the decrease in numbers, and whether those residents were Bahamian or non-Bahamian.

Social Services officials were unavailable for comment up to press time.

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