Turks and Caicos Islanders who suffered at the hand of Hurricane Ike in 2008 can now apply to a five million Euro fund (approx. $6.5m) for the reconstruction or rehabilitation of their damaged properties it was announced on Monday.
It is anticipated that the cash will be used to rehabilitate up to 150 properties and build up to 25 new homes. The European Development Fund (EDF) has provided 4.3 million Euro with a contribution from the TCI government of 740,000 Euro; giving a total project budget of five million Euro.
The 10th EDF Turks and Caicos Reconstruction and Rehabilitation project will focus on repairing homes that remain damaged after Hurricane Ike and constructing new homes for some people whose homes were completely destroyed.
Rehabilitation and construction will take place on South Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay; the three islands identified by the United Nations task force as being in most need of reconstruction after Ike.
The project will also review and update the TCI Building Code to ensure greater resilience of all new developments in the event of future extreme weather and to incorporate requirements for environmentally sustainable approaches in future developments.
Home owners whose properties are still in need of repair following Ike and are situated on South Caicos, Grand Turk or Salt Cay are asked to go to the District Commissioner's Office on South Caicos and Salt Cay and the One-Stop-Shop at the Immigration Dept, Church Folly (opposite former TCI Invest offices), on Grand Turk, to complete an application form. For those residents whose properties are on these three islands but who are currently away from home, forms can also be completed at the Planning Department offices, Downtown Center Mall, Providenciales and the District Commissioners Offices on North and Middle Caicos. People who have previously filled in forms are asked to please re-apply.
Applications will be accepted between Friday 14th December 2012 and Friday 25th January 2013.
For any other queries, contact Ms Sue Breetzke, Project Manager EUTCI Reconstruction and Rehabilitation project, Tel: 649 946 2801, ext: 10822