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BAHAMAS: Shanty Town Statement and Report

#Bahamas, May 17, 2018 – Nassau



Senator Dion A. Foulkes

Minister of Labour


Chairman of the SATF

16 May, 2018


The Shanty Town Action Task Force (SATF) conducted a survey of all ten Shanty Towns in New Providence over a four week period.  The Shanty Towns are located in the Elizabeth, Carmichael (Garden Hills), and Golden Isles constituencies.

The results reveal that there are 1,410 residents residing in the Shanty Towns and a total of 428 households.  Thirty eight percent (536) of the residents are under the age of 18 and Sixty two percent (874) are adults.  Among the 428 heads of households who were interviewed 71% had legal status, 23% unknown and 6% were undocumented.  Sixty eight percent (68%) or 600 of the adult population  reported working in the last six months and 76% of the households reported total weekly income of under $400.

We wish to thank the Secretariat, headed by Mr. Morgan Graham, Assistant Director of Labour,   and Mrs. Shavonne Symonette, Executive Officer, and the members of the Secretariat for their hard work over the last six months.

We also wish to thank the 60 enumerators   from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Defense Force, Ministries of Health, Social Services, Foreign Affairs, Youth Sports and Culture, Labour, Attorney General’s Office and the Humane Society.

A Building Assessment Report was also conducted by the Ministry of Works. Nineteen inspectors conducted the assessment over a three week period. This report will be made public next week.


Click below to see the full Survey Report here:



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