Plans are in the works to relocate several East End shelter residents before
As of last week, 29 people remained at the East End Civic Centre. Deanna Look
Loy, head of the Department of Children and Family Services, said while some are
still waiting for their homes to be repaired, the majority are homeless.
She said several families will soon be returning to Lyndhurst Apartments,
which are owned by the Department of Social Services. Public Works has restored
four units and are nearing completion on the remaining two units.
The Department has also rented a home in West Bay that will accommodate three
to four individuals.
She said efforts are being made to secure travel trailers as temporary
accommodation for some of the shelter residents as well as homeless families in
the districts. An initiative of the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation, the
trailers are intended as a bridge to help tenants return to their homes or
rental units. Cabinet has approved the purchase of 50 to 75 trailers, which will
be phased in according to demand. The first 10 are expected to be available in
the New Year.
Churches have been assisting the department with housing recovery efforts.
Volunteer crews have repaired two homes so far and are currently working on
restoring several more.
“It’s been a big help. The community has been assisting us in many ways, and
we want to thank them for that.”
Look Loy said the department has identified 75 families throughout the
districts that are homeless, which includes the East End shelter residents. She
said many are staying in housing that is not fit to live in.
An urgent need is to find accommodation for four elderly East End shelter
residents who were temporarily relocated to Sammy’s Airport Inn with residents
of the Pines Retirement Home, who have since returned to the long–term care
“They have nowhere to go. We are searching frantically for accommodation for
them and for the remaining persons at the shelter.”
Look Loy said it’s been a tough time for shelter residents who have been
living in temporary quarters since the hurricane.
“We’re doing the best we can for them but it isn’t easy to live in that
setting for three months. Most of them really want more privacy now. They want
to get back into some form of proper accommodation. They’re getting pretty
Look Loy is appealing to the community for assistance. “I’m encouraging
anyone who is aware of accommodation that we can access to contact us.” The
department can be reached at 925–5349 or 925–5350.