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Bahamas: Social Services processing rental assistance after months of delay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell said yesterday that the department is currently processing rental assistance after months of delay in the program.

Campbell sought to assure individuals who have applied for the program but have yet to receive a response from officials on the matter.

However, he could not provide further details on how many people have applied for the rent assistance with the Department of Social Services, at the time.

In April, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis unveiled a rental assistance program that would have allowed individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to have 40 percent of their rent deferred for three months.

The program was limited to residential rentals only, and individuals whose employment or income have been affected by COVID-19, and renters must have been up to date with their rental payments prior to April to be eligible for relief.

Eligible renters would have had 12 months to pay back deferred rent.

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