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Small home repair program seeking to assist 1,000 Bahamians

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Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas. Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016. Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News

Minister of State for Social Services and Urban Development, Lisa Rahming during a press briefing at the Office of The Prime Minister yesterday. DANTE CARRER

The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development’s Small Home Repair Programme has already repaired 180 homes on New Providence and throughout the Family Islands in the four months since it launched.

The government allocated $3 million for the program, which Lisa Rahming, minister of state for social services and urban development, said would assist 1,000 homes throughout The Bahamas.

Rahming said 800 homeowners have already applied to benefit from the program, but the immediate focus will be on assisting the elderly, disabled and single family homes.

“There are many families who through no fault of their own need a helping hand. People are definitely trying their hardest to stay afloat, but can’t even save enough money to make the necessary repairs to their homes, which we have seen in traveling from home to home,” she said yesterday at an Office of the Prime Minister press briefing.

Rahming said 550 quotes from contractors have been filed with the ministry. She said 

contractors will have to show proof of experience and provide work references.

Applicants will be required to provide proof of property ownership, proof of citizenship and must fall within the economic status requirements of the program.

“The Small Home Repair Programme will operate at the highest standard as we move forward. We have certainly established internal mechanisms to prevent abuse and misuse of resources and to ensure equal access for all eligible applicants. Only people who genuinely need help will be given help, and help will be given based on need rather than connections,” she said.