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Seething with anger, frustration and, in some cases, pure desperation, emails sent to the Needs Assessment Unit – released to the Cayman Compass following an open records request – paint a picture of struggle and stress amid the pandemic.
Cayman families have been seeking support from the Needs Assessment Unit in record numbers as the impact of the coronavirus crisis has taken its toll on the community.
Seven months since the shutdown of Cayman’s tourism sector, life remains uncertain for many other unemployed foreign-born workers who remain on island.
Employees of Caribbean Utilities Company have authorised CUC to donate monthly deductions from their salaries to the Needs Assessment Unit.
The Department of Children and Family Services has relocated four families from the Lyndhurst Apartments complex, on Crewe Road in George Town.
The number of people seeking help to feed themselves and their families has jumped by 165 per cent, according to the latest data from the Needs Assessment Unit.
Government has said it is considering extending one-off assistance to expatriate workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Government has tapped into the National Disaster Fund to the tune of $3 million as it readies to provide support for Caymanian workers facing the breadline due to the collapse of the tourism industry.
A shortage of available properties and landlords who are willing to accept payments from the Needs Assessment Unit is proving problematic for the government as it tries to find suitable homes for NAU and Department of Children and Family Service clients.
Although the number of people being helped by the Needs Assessment Unit has not changed significantly, overall costs of the support it provides increased by 26% in 2018.
The Needs Assessment Unit will close early on Thursday, 25 July, for a staff meeting.
The government has approved more than $1.6 million in additional funding for its Housing Repairs Assistance Programme.
An aging population and rising rental costs have been blamed for the growing cost of welfare in the Cayman Islands.
Three years should have been ample time for the Cayman Islands government to fix the country’s broken social welfare system … or at least get started.
The number of Caymanian families receiving help with food and rent payments from government rose sharply in 2017, according to the government’s latest Compendium of Statistics.
Social services are increasingly using Grand Cayman hotels as emergency housing for homeless families.
The Ministry of Community Affairs and all its departments, including the Department of Children and Family Services and the Needs Assessment Unit, in Grand Cayman and on Cayman Brac will be closed all day Friday, April 13, to facilitate a staff meeting.
The Ministry of Community Affairs, Department of Children and Family Services and the Needs Assessment Unit will be closed throughout the morning of Thursday, Feb. 22, for training.
People receiving Permanent Financial Assistance from the Needs Assessment Unit who have not been assessed since July 1, 2015, must be reassessed to continue receiving the benefits, the unit advised this week.
Many government offices will be closing early Friday in preparation for the Christmas holidays and will remain closed until Wednesday, Dec. 27. Below are the closing times for several offices.
The Needs Assessment Unit, located on the second floor of the Aqua Mall at 55 Church Street, will be closed on Friday, Dec. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
The government is hosting its “National Community Enhancement Project,” offering temporary seasonal work to unemployed Caymanians in Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands.
The Cayman Islands are on a troubling economic and social path that if not corrected, will lead inexorably to a social welfare state. We are already far down that path, and there are few comforting signposts along the way.
The Needs Assessment Unit raised money last year to sponsor a number of families for Christmas in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. The families were chosen based on their circumstances and their demonstrated efforts to improve their situation.
Government offices and services will be closing throughout the Christmas and new year period.
Police say they arrested a Bodden Town man, 34, after he threatened staff at the Needs Assessment Unit by phone and then showed up at the George Town office Wednesday. NAU staff called police at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Police say the man was unstable and the NAU had denied his claim for assistance.
Organizers of a “Stuff The Bus” initiative to donate school supplies to hundreds of children are inviting local companies to take part.
The Needs Assessment Unit, tasked with managing a number of social assistance programs, needs a “major overhaul,” according to the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee.
About 340 applications seeking permanent financial assistance are pending assessment by the government’s needs assessment unit, Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden said Wednesday.
Our country’s social services are a disservice — to the Caymanians who need public assistance, and to the welfare officers who deliver it.
The Needs Assessment Unit is significantly under-resourced and lacks the necessary manpower and legislation to help move people from welfare to work, according to its director Tamara Hurlston.
More than seven months after auditors identified severe problems with the government's $50 million public assistance programs, officials have a plan, which is ... get this ... to make a plan.
The senior official responsible for welfare in the Cayman Islands has acknowledged there is no coordinated strategy for how public money is spent on the island’s most needy.
The opening of a new facility on the Brac serving the Sister Islands on Friday, Jan. 29 drew a small crowd of dignitaries and residents.