Min. Moxey, pleased with home repair project in East Grand Bahama

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Pelican Point residents, Mr. and Mrs. Bursil Cooper, are the among the homeowners having their residence repaired under the Ministry for Grand Bahama’s Home Repair Programme. They arrived just as the Hon. Ginger Moxey, Minister for Grand Bahama and project officers arrived to view the progress during a tour on Friday, January 6. The home has had a wheelchair ramp installed and the bathroom has been equipped to facilitate Mrs. Cooper’s disability. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

Thirteen homes are being repaired in East Grand Bahama by the Ministry for Grand Bahama and the Ministry of Finance, targeting elderly residents as well as those with disabilities whose homes were destroyed during Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, accompanied by a team of Project Officers, toured the homes on Friday, January 6, 2023 and spoke with not only the contractors but some of the residents, all of whom expressed joy and excitement at being able to move back into their homes within weeks.

She said: “We thought it was important to come out and see some of the work that was being done with home repairs,” a project within her Ministry  for the elderly, disabled and indigent of East Grand Bahama who have been displaced because of Hurricane Dorian.

“We thought we’d make them the priority projects within the Ministry to try and get some of them back in their homes. There are some who are living in Freeport and living on (their) pension and receiving $250 per week, but they’re having to spend $900 a month on rent.  So, we thought it was important to try and get them back in their homes and that’s what we’ve been working on.

“I’m excited to see the progress here today because we’re visiting some of the homes and many families will be able to move back into their homes soon. That’s a big deal.”

The Minister also commended the work being done on the homes, describing it as a community effort. “You have contractors who are from the communities, they’ve employed people from the communities and they’re working on homes of people in the communities they know. They grew up in the communities. It’s an exciting thing to see here today and have that type of partnership, that type of collaboration.”

Building contractor Rev. Lawrence Laing was also present and said residents are “excited and grateful” with the repairs being done and will be able to move into their homes shortly.

There are 13 homes in this, the first and second phases of the project stretching from McClean’s Town to High Rock.  It is anticipated that the third phase will begin in February.

While this small home repair project is going on, there are also those being carried out by the DRA, as well as the Urban Renewal Home Repair Programme.

According to the Minister, “I’m very pleased with what I see here today and hopefully we can get a lot more going.”

By: ROBYN ADDERLEY/Bahamas Information Services

More photo highlights below:

While touring the homes being repaired under a project by the Ministry for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, Minister for Grand Bahama, toured the homes on Friday, January 6 accompanied by a team of Project Officers. Shown are Rev. Lawrence Laing with Minister Moxey and Project Officer Jermaine Sawyer. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

Project officers accompanied the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Friday, January 6 to East Grand Bahama where progress inspections were done on several homes being repaired. The project is coordinated by the Ministry for Grand Bahama and has targeted elderly and disabled residents whose homes were destroyed during Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Shown from left are: Arnold Cooper, Project Officer; Rev. Lawrence Laing, contractor; Minister Moxey; Jermaine Sawyer, Project Officer; and Conrad Jones, Administration. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)