Community Development Minister Shamfa Cudjoe, left, presents an emergency relief grant cheque to a recipient at a ceremony yesterday.

Extreme weather in recent times, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to a flood of applications for emergency relief grants.

Yesterday, 52 families along the east-west corridor received financial aid to conduct structural repair works to their homes, some of which were damaged by inclement weather over the past several weeks.

During a grant distribution ceremony, National Commission for Self Help Limited chairman Anthony Campbell said over $800,000 in grants were disbursed to the families.

The families will also be among the first to benefit from a joint venture between Self Help and Habitat for Humanity. The non-governmental organisation (NGO) will be providing labour costs estimated at $20,000.

“We have been responding to situations in which natural disasters destroyed homes and displaced the residents. It will greatly assist those families in dire need during these trying times.”

Campbell said the repair grants, along with the collaborative efforts by Habitat for Humanity, will aid in bolstering community safety and resilience in the wake of natural disasters.

“We await the outcomes of this partnership, as several families will benefit from this joint initiative. It will greatly assist those families in dire need during these trying times.”

Sport and Community Development Minister Shamfa Cudjoe said over $3 million in emergency relief grants had been made accessible to 200 families in recent weeks. According to her, the signing of an MoU with Habitat for Humanity will augment the Government’s social safety net.

“I’m happy to see the work Habitat for Humanity has been doing here in Trinidad and Tobago, partnering with the churches, citizens and now partnering with Government in order to provide affordable and adequate housing to the people of T&T and continuing to fight neck and neck against poverty housing.”

The agreement between the National Commission for Self Help and Habitat for Humanity will establish a framework to assist low-income households affected by natural disasters.