$6m Dome Shelter For Abaco Refugees


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE government will spend $6 million to construct a “family relief centre” in Abaco that will feature dome housing structures capable of withstanding 180mph winds, according to shelter organiser John-Michael Clarke.

He stressed yesterday that the temporary shelter is not a “tent city” because there will be no tents.

He said the centre will be built in a 20-acre area outside Spring City, a government subdivision south of Marsh Harbour and Murphy Town.

Mr Clarke said the domes come in two sizes, one that is 14ft and another 20ft, and they are made of polycarbonate material. He said the first batch of structures will arrive within a week. 

“The domes were particularly ordered to provide relief to an area susceptible to additional storms,” he said. “This is something we thought out and researched. These domes will have two sleeping areas and a bathroom facility so it takes care of the living and sanitary needs within one unit. The first order is for just over 200 domes and we’re going to be looking to house just over 1,000 people with the first batch.”

Mr Clarke is the president and managing director of Veritas Consultants Limited, a company that provides project management and construction solution services. 

Mindful that some Abaco residents are returning to their own properties, Mr Clarke said organisers have not ordered “too many” structures but have been discussing other temporary shelter options with the Ministry of Works for people who wish to stay on their property.

“We are talking to the Ministry of Works about possibly allowing modular homes as temporary structures,” he said. “The domes are a safe, secure temporary housing for people returning to Abaco who may need it and we wanted sustainable housing for them. They are maintenance free.”

Currently, 1,618 people are staying in government shelters in Grand Bahama and New Providence, according to a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) report yesterday. NEMA also said it discovered 62 Haitians living in Mission Baptist Church in the Sand Bank community of Abaco on Sunday, including 40 adult men, 20 adult women, a five-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl. With the first batch of dome structures expected to house about 1,000 people, Mr Clarke noted that policy-makers will determine who gets to stay in the structures. 

Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Limited has given organisers a generator to power the family relief centre, Mr Clarke said.

Last month, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said a man camp will be built in Abaco to provide living arrangements for people working to rebuild the island. “Man camp construction will be driven by the private sector and the government will make suitable arrangements to house public servants,” Mr Clarke said. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest also told reporters yesterday that the government’s first order of temporary shelter units cost about $2.5 million.

“I know that in Abaco there is hopefully this week some accommodation for the government workers so that we can get the government systems back up and running and it’ll flow from there,” he said.

Attorney General Carl Bethel has said the temporary shelter space in Abaco will have a noticeable law enforcement presence. He said in the long term, the government wants basic housing units, “preferably on stilts to give better durability in storm conditions,” to be constructed.


The_Oracle 1 year, 3 months ago

West end had Stilt houses until Matthew,One may have survived. Nix that one.


joeblow 1 year, 3 months ago

"Mr Clarke is the president and managing director of Veritas Consultants Limited, a company that provides project management and construction solution services."

That one sentence says it all!


Well_mudda_take_sic 1 year, 3 months ago

As a politically connected muck-a-muck, Mr. Clarke will soon be laughing all the way to the bank with his new found riches. The modus operandi for how most of the Dorian-related financial donations from our many friends abroad and locally will just disappear and never be used for the purposes intended is a well established one. Just ask Shameless Shane Gibson who served as Hurricane Relief and Reconstruction Czar a few years ago. FNM or PLP - same difference!


Kalikgold 1 year, 3 months ago

What about the other islands? no dome for them


Ton_Heijnmans 1 year, 3 months ago

The A.G. is now doubling as an expert on 21st century Gael force public housing? ? Who needs experts indeed.

What an utter shambles. The storm is still raging inside these traumatised- and simple-minds.

No wonder....? From a ppl who use the internationally recognised phrase 《 .BS 》 .... as their national url-callsign. ● Opposition crowd even more fecklessly backward.

Can anyone educate us: what makes a brave's so 'brave'? | It's the B.S. X-Factor 'secreté' ingredient, right buirds?


TalRussell 1 year, 3 months ago

The last time some "tent city" came be erected on one colony's out islands - a comrade man's was later be sentenced to begin serving a prison sentence 6 years in a jail cell that all resulted from another island disaster, yes, no .... a "dome city," justifies life in a jail cell penalty .... a disaster we have yet learn true story about, who exactly were all 'locals' that were involved/facilitated the disaster, and whatever did happen them left behind on island 'fancy tents' ..... and who exactly was it, left foot massive cleanup bill.....


TheMadHatter 1 year, 3 months ago

6 million dollars worth of unapproved building code residences for Haitians Bahamians pay mortgage. Tractors currently cleaning up the Mud & Peas aa we speak. Any government paid tractor been by your plot of land?


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