East End shelter closed

The East End shelter has closed with many of its residents relocated to the government-owned Lyndhurst Apartments.

A total 29 people were being housed at the East End Civic Centre, which shut its doors 20 December. Fourteen people were moved to Lyndhurst, with rental accommodations found in West Bay and North Side for the remaining shelter residents. East End was the last shelter to remain open following the passage of Hurricane Ivan 11-12 September.

Deanna LookLoy, head of the Department of Children and Family Services, said housing still needs to be found for at least 75 families – more than 160 people – throughout the districts who are registered as homeless. Some remain with family and friends while others are in homes that are not fit to live in.

‘We still know of people living in situations that aren’t the best.’

The department is doing assessments of these families and is working with the housing sub-committee of the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation (CIRO) to secure proper accommodation. Some will be housed in the trailer homes that are being brought in as temporary housing, a project spearheaded by CIRO. Cabinet has approved the purchase of 75 trailers. Ten are expected to arrive by the third week of January.

Another two units at Lyndhurst Apartments will be available soon as Public Works is nearing completion of repairs.

LookLoy said a pressing concern is finding housing for four elderly East End shelter residents who are currently at Sammy’s Airport Inn under nursing care. They were relocated to Sammy’s with residents of the Pines Retirement Home who have since returned to the long-term care facility.

LookLoy said the Pines may be an option however it’s still undergoing renovations.

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