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BAHAMAS: UPDATE Department of Social Services

UPDATE Department of Social Services

Shelter Report:

2 Shelters on New Providence:

  • Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium – 457 (inclusive of three tents)
  • Bahamas Academy – 128
  • Total: 585 shelterees


The Department of Social Services has concluded Social Needs Assessments on Abaco. The final assessment team went into Abaco on November 4, 2019 and returned to New Providence on November 10, 2019.

Moving forward, the Department of Social Services, Marsh Harbour office will be manned by rotating officers from New Providence. Residents requiring assistance are to visit the office during normal office hours.


Door-to-door assessments are also concluded on Grand Bahama. Persons requiring assistance are requested to visit the Eight Mile Rock and Freeport officers. All services including relief assistance are being offered at aforementioned offices.

The Grand Bahama office is presently operating from the Urban Renewal office located in the National Insurance Board Building. Family Services, Human Resources and Department of Rehabilitative Services are operating from the Insurance Management Building.

Hours of operation at 9am to 2pm.


Assessments continue to be conducted from the Department of Social Services in the Sunshine Plaza for evacuees from Grand Bahama and Abaco requiring ongoing assistance.

Approved uniform assistance applicants are being issued Gift Cards between 5 pm – 8 pm at the Sunshine Plaza on Baillou Hill Road. Approved applicants must present a valid identification in order to collect the Gift Card.

Release: NEMA

For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer

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For NEMA daily updates. Visit website:

Contacts: 242-322-6081/5 or 242-361-5569 or 242-376-2042

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