Government’s Financial Assistance Programme, which helped nearly 12 percent of the local population, is now completed.
Government initially allocated $2.5 million for the programme to assist vulnerable families who were badly affected by the hurricanes. The programme saw these families receiving $800, $1,000, or $1,200 per month to help get back on their feet.
Government said more families needed financial assistance than they anticipated.
“The assistance exceeded the initial target of 24 families post Hurricanes Irma and Maria disasters. [Some] 3,531 individuals benefited from the financial assistance of the 1,074 registered households,” a government media release said.
Overall, more than $3,190,000 has been distributed and is now benefiting the local economy, it further stated.
Priority was given to larger households, single-parent households, households with persons under five or over 65 years, and households that have members with a disability or severe health problems.
According to a government-sanctioned survey, most recipients were satisfied with the programme.
Additionally, majority of the recipients interviewed said the amount they received was sufficient in meeting their basic needs such securing food, water, rent, transportation, communication, and household items.
Residents who are still experiencing financial hardships can contact the Ministry of Health and Social Development at 468-3650 or 468-3636.