Climate change has had an enormous impact on the lives of persons living in the Bahamas. The past three years of hurricane seasons has caused vast damage and loss for many Bahamians. On September 1st – 3rd, 2019 a slow moving category five hurricane named Dorian, became the worst hurricane to negatively impact the Bahamas in its history of hurricanes. Dorian has destroyed an entire island, entire communities and disrupted industry and social welfare for tens of thousands of persons dwelling on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. Hurricane Dorian is directly responsible for leaving more than seventy thousand people dwelling on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama homeless.
Most of the homeless are from the island of Abaco and are immigrants from Haiti whose dwelling on the island of Abaco has been previously addressed by the Bahamas government before hurricane Dorian arrived. The popular shanty towns of The Mud and The Peas were communities tightly packed with structurally hazardous dwellings, in addition, their environments were reportedly unfit for housing humans and broke Bahamian laws, yet for more than a decade, many immigrant families were permitted by the Bahamas government and judicial system to call The Mud and The Pigeon Peas their homes, before Dorian flattened the entire Abaco Island, leaving almost all of its residents displaced. Meanwhile, all of East End residents and many other Grand Bahama residents are suffering the same fate because of Dorian. The government has worked closely with local and international Nonprofit Organizations to help bring relief to the number of families made homeless. The Red Cross is one of the many NGOs assisting the government to bring welfare to needful Dorian survivors, specifically on Grand Bahama Island, by assisting persons without a home into rental accommodations via the Department of Social Services.
In October of 2019, the government of the Bahamas announced that it is deactivating its Dorian shelters and pushing its “Family Relief Center”, a 20acre government subdivision-compound constructed with hurricane proof dome houses on Abaco Island, between Murphy Town and Marsh Harbor and is expected to immediately house 1000 of the Abaconian Dorian survivors.
Meanwhile, there is no government relief that ensures any of the Grand Bahamian natives a home because they lost their former residence to hurricane Dorian and many of them will face the fact there may never be provided to them any such aide by the government, and after three months of living on an island with a retard economy, many Grand Bahamian residents are going to need additional financial help to continue living in modern residential accommodations or be forced to face the reality of becoming homeless or at best long-term tent dwellers.