The Government of the Virgin Islands has begun the registration process for persons to apply for the Household Assistance Programme.
Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton explained that the Territory must transition into the full scope of recovery and that includes addressing the needs of the people, in particular the most vulnerable.
He explained that the Cabinet approved initiative will support the basic needs of those households through various forms of aids once they fit the identified criteria from the Rapid Household Needs Assessment.
The registration process will be led by the Social Development Department in collaboration with the BVI Red Cross, British Red Cross, the Department of International Development (DFID) and Caritas Antilles. The criteria for eligibility includes households who have low to no income, single-parent, women with children ages five years and under, the elderly who are 65 and older and the disabled.
Minister Skelton expressed gratitude to all local, regional and international partners alike for their on-going efforts towards recovery. He extends an invitation to other non-government agencies to partner with the Government of the Virgin Islands to continue to provide relief and support systematically and with dignity, for the benefit of the people who will help build back a stronger British Virgin Islands.
Registration stations can be found at the following locations. On Tortola at the West End Police Station, Sebastians by the Sea, Carrot Bay Seventh Day Adventist Youth Centre, Cane Garden Bay Methodist Church, Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre, Road Town Seniors building, Fahie Hill Watch House, New Testament Church of God, East End Community Centre, and the Church of God of Prophecy, Hope Hill. On Virgin Gorda at the North Sound Methodist Church and the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. On Anegada at the Anegada Community Library and on Jost Van Dyke at the JVD Police Customs/Police Station.
For persons unable to visit the registration stations, officers will be dispatched into areas to register persons in person. For more information, the public is advised to monitor the Government of the Virgin Islands Facebook Page, the BVI Red Cross Facebook Page and the Department of Disaster Management Facebook page.
They can also call the Social Development Hotline at the following numbers: 468-9377, 468-9375 and 468-9352 for any questions or concerns on registration.