DRA funds 4,000 homeowners in Grand Bahama and Abaco

Around 4,000 confirmed homeowners on the Grand Bahama and Abaco island have been assessed and funded via the Disaster Reconstruction Authority's Small Home Repair Programme, - DRA.

Bahamas: Around 4,000 confirmed homeowners on the Grand Bahama and Abaco island have been assessed and funded via the Disaster Reconstruction Authority’s Small Home Repair Programme, – DRA.

DRA remains to prioritize feasible resources to both those islands following the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the month of September in the year 2019.

DRA has issued a statement in a press release and stated, “We recognized that the requirements within the areas of Abaco & the Grand Bahama are pressing, to which we are methodically prioritizing the work and maximizing the possible resources to assure that the islands of Abaco, including the Cays and Grand Bahama, are fully reconstructed.”

So far, around 3,735 homeowners reached the guidelines to receive assistance and were evaluated and financed via the Small Home Repair programme. The homeowners who have been approved had to be Bahamian, and the house had to have been damaged in Dorian and had not received insurance, and homeowners had to show evidence of home homeownership.

In the Abaco, DRA has provided technical support and management in reconstructing the projects of Leonard Thompson International Airport and the Treasure Cay International Airport demolition.

Despite this, temporary housing is also have been provided by DRA in the form of 100 mobile homes and 70 domes. A continuous development of the 800 hurricane shelter is also ongoing, which would double as a community centre in Central Pines, Abaco.

In addition, the DRA is also providing support in the tablet distribution for primary and high school students in Abaco and supporting fire victims in Cooper’s Town.

DRA further asserted, “The COVID-19 pandemic did impact its ability to raise funds.”

There is also a continuous collaboration with various entities such as – BPL, BTC, Cable Bahamas, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Grand Bahama Utility Company, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Works.