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Bahamas: BAD TO WORSE: Shantytown resurgence further exacerbates Abaco’s “housing crisis”, says Chamber president

ABACO, BAHAMAS — The re-emergence of shantytowns on Abaco is merely exacerbating the housing crisis on the hurricane-ravaged island, according to its Chamber of Commerce president.

Ken Hutton, the Abaco Chamber of Commerce president, told Eyewitness News: “I’m not taking sides on the issue, because that is not we do that, but we support the equal application of the law. If things are legal and they are following the rules, then they have our entire support.

“That said, there is a housing crisis here on Abaco and continues to be. There are not enough rental homes and housing, period, for people wanting to come back here. That only exacerbates the situation here.”

According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Hurricane Dorian left almost 3,000 homes “uninhabitable” and inflicted $1.487 billion worth of damage on the housing sectors on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

The government had already demolished a number of homes in a shantytown on Abaco known as The Farm, and recently continued with efforts.

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