UN Migration Agency to assist over 1,000 families with housing repairs

Roof repair in Woodford Hill

Roseau, 14 Feb 2018 – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, is supporting the Government of Dominica to improve the conditions of people living in emergency shelters, and provide roof repairs and Core Shelter solutions for over one thousand vulnerable families in affected communities in the northeast, west central and north-west of the island.

This, following the passage of Hurricane Maria, which destroyed almost 20% of the housing stock, and caused major damage to another 55% of the island´s buildings. (Source: Government of Dominica /UNDP Building Damage Assessment)

At present, potential beneficiaries in the northeastern village of Woodford Hill are being assessed by IOM and roof repair works are at different stages for close to 20 households so far in that community. In total, IOM intends to provide shelter solutions for almost 150 households in that area, and to undertake similar work in Marigot, Wesley, Calibishie, Bense and Anse de Mai in the North-east.

On the West Coast, IOM is collaborating with Village Councils and other community leaders to assess the most vulnerable beneficiaries, and to begin roof repairs and building of Core Shelters at Morne Rachette with intentions to move quickly to Colihaut, Dublanc and Bioche. Engineers, Architects, Carpenters and contractors in these areas who are interested in practical training in techniques for Building Back Better, and to work for pay on community recovery programmes, are asked to contact their village council or the IOM to indicate their interest.

Portsmouth, Glanvillia, Picard, Salisbury, St. Joseph and Layou Valley are also targeted for assistance in the form of roof repairs or by providing Core Shelters to vulnerable families who have lost their roof or in some cases their home.

Core Shelters are small units, built in accordance with the Building Guidelines, and designed in such a way that they can be expanded on.


Housing needs in Dominican communities are widespread following the passage of Hurricane Maria. Not all households in the affected communities can be assisted, therefore key groups have been identified in line with criteria endorsed by the Ministry of Social Services, Gender and Family Affairs as having the least capacity to recover without support.

The Selection Committee will primarily address households included in the Public Assistance Programme, commonly referred to as the “Paupers List”. The Committee will prioritize households with members who have disabilities or chronic illness, pregnant and lactating women, or living in unsafe structures or an uninhabitable housing with low self-recovery capacity , large families who are not able to work for income, and single-headed households and the elderly. Households without insurance or with very limited coverage will also receive priority.

Householders are encouraged to go to their Village Council to cross-check the information relating to their household and to ensure that the most vulnerable people in their villages have been taken note of. Additionally, a feedback mechanism will be set up for those affected and who would like to be considered part of the program.


The shelter recovery programme being implemented by the IOM funded with UK aid from the UK government, the European Commission humanitarian agency ECHO and the government of Australia.

For more information on the IOM and its work Call, Text or WhatsApp 285 0794 (Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to 5pm)

Beneficiary Selection Committee meeting in Woodford Hill

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  1. Mahaut
    February 28, 2018

    Pray for who..PM are u out of your mind the guy is out of sense giving money to anyone to rebuild the country.people getting money to farming without land..that man and the people are out of sense well am in nyc , he is not creating work but just talking the same bull…. since maria past “we going to be the first rezelient country .well we need money for such, with what we going to doit just your sweet word, 17years u playng games with these foolish people

  2. John St,jean
    February 19, 2018

    Peter quite’ mois en poh.leave me out of your comes.
    Am not in the misty woods of PA am in the concrete jungle of Philly eating my Philly cheese sandwiches I gave up akee & salt fish bammie etc for a philly

    • John St,jean
      February 19, 2018

      Comess that should read. Your Daybar nuh! But all said I wuld do with the $10K as a trained agriculturist now into a Bank teller position. I would certainly multiply it 10 fold.

  3. G
    February 19, 2018

    You crying they neglect Scotts Head, but what about Coulibistrie? One of the most damaged village both in TS Erika in 2015 and Hurricane Maria in 2017.

    The people just abandoned Coulibistrie.

  4. Peter Rossenoff
    February 19, 2018

    Paul allu doh have elections in Russia How did Putin bribe you to change ur name to Paul Rossnof with Vorka and carvia ? U said you come and go here and will soon migrate permanently to Moscow not Canada or USA as someone told you b4. Some agency gave monies to help farmers small farmers getting $3K established ones getting $10k did u apply? I heard even the St.jean partner in the misty woods of PA coming home for his share he is a small farmer( was) he has not planted a carrot in 23 yrs. but he putting in papper work lol! Paul as a smallfarmer applicant,how many rubbles=$1.EC ?

    • Jonathan St.jean-Mist concrete of Philly
      February 19, 2018

      Who ever you are,please leave me out of the equation S’il vous plait.

  5. Cathy
    February 18, 2018

    What is the Prime Minister doing for Soufriere and Scottshead? No electricity! No materials in the country for us to rebuild. It’s a real shame that not enough us being done to help our people

  6. John
    February 17, 2018

    Every available carpenter on island should be hired to help with re-construction, that would make them gainfully employed and build up their self esteem. Monies from the CBI programme can be used for pay. Other un-employed persons should also be hired for cleanup of debris.

    • gem
      February 20, 2018

      The article says ´´ Engineers, Architects, Carpenters and contractors in these areas who are interested in practical training in techniques for Building Back Better, and to work for pay on community recovery programmes, are asked to contact their village council or the IOM to indicate their interest.´´.

      Seems to me that IOM is looking for carpenters and other skilled workers. They will have work for some time, because 1000 houses is not a little bit. If I was a carpenter I would check them for sure.

  7. Domo
    February 17, 2018

    Some people are always negative
    Come on let be positive
    The power of life and death is in the tongue
    Dominica will raise again
    We have Gid fearing leader who bring us through
    Let us all pray for our PM
    Father we thank you in the Jesus that we we will raise again
    In Jesus name
    We come against all the negative tongue that they will be stop in Jesus name amen

      February 17, 2018

      YOU ARE CORRECT IN YOUR STATEMENTS. Please understand also that the negative fools commenting are living off off someone else, or in someone else’s home or waiting for someone to assist them or give them something and their selfish purpose is to distract and dissuade assistance to the people in need.

      These naysayers are 100% the people who do nothing for other and in most cases are not willing to uplift themselves or their own country… they are parasites with a voice!!!

  8. Trying to help
    February 16, 2018

    Now when do we see the response of the government to the crisis of the damage?None so far

  9. Dominican Passports
    February 16, 2018

    Boy, next hurricane everybody homeless them houses cyanna take more :lol: :lol: 8)

  10. dee
    February 16, 2018

    weh weh weh
    I agree now i have to get out of Scott’s Head for true.
    Are my people not of the most vulnerable contingent too?
    Assistance being mentioned and assessed for North , North West toute cote
    We are never being considered.
    We derriere doe Bondia true.
    I sure election have to come round again though.
    Who would ever believe , a broken pipe, only in one location, would ever take well over 3 months to be reconnected to supply pipe borne water to the village of Karsharkoo.
    I have personally witnessed the replacement of pipes the full length from Soufrierre to Scott’s Head within ONE MONTH after previous hurricanes and rough seas, but that’s the first time ever in my 50 year lifetime, i have witnessed such neglect .
    Ahhh margwaysar , not in a day like today .

    • Paul Rossnof
      February 18, 2018

      You all were warned at the bye election not to vote for that woman but you all knew better and could not resist a few dollars and some free sewo. When will all you learn that Skerrit only needs all you and knows all you at election time.

    • mr me too
      February 18, 2018

      `doe run, stay and take what allu getting

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