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Permanent shelter processing begins for typhoon victims

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 4:20 PM +10:00 Updated:

Help is on the way for the hundreds of individuals still without a home at the Astumbo Gym.

This morning a team from the Guam Housing Corporation was at the Dededo facility beginning the process of getting them into a permanent shelter.

A total of 55 families or 289 individuals remain at the Astumbo Gym three days after Typhoon Mangkhut.

“Probably have about 20 families who lost the entire structure,” Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said. “The others are just roofs or leaks that they had and just the entire contents are wet.”

Meeting with the mayor Thursday morning were representatives from Guam Housing Corporation. The agency has been tasked by Gov. Eddie Calvo to transition the families into permanent shelters.

GHC Special Assistant Caesar Villanueva said they are addressing the issues on a three tier basis.

“Basically people that have no housing, people that have homes that are damaged, and people that can get into homes, that can get into rentals so we discussed that with GHURA and are going through the motion of qualifying these individuals,” he said.

The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority owns 750 public housing units, consisting of four AMPS or Asset Management Projects situated throughout the island. AMPS are rented to low income households to individuals who meet the federal program requirements.

“GHURA is more permanent housing if anything it's the people that are homeless or people that don't have the capacity or qualify for that permanent housing,” Villanueva said.  that's the concern we have to qualify these individual.”

The GHC is currently working on solutions to address that particular issue. According to the governor some of displaced families who are citizens of federal associated states are not eligible for federal emergency assistance.

It's an issue he has raised with recent visiting officials from the Department of Interior and an issue he plans to raise with FSM President Peter Christian.

For now though the GHC assures the community that they are working diligently to get families  back to some sort of normalcy including working with non government organizations. 

“We are going to do our best and go back and asses our inventory and see if there are any unit that we can bring up - temporary of course - and to put them in as soon as we can,” GHC Senior Tenant Relations Manager John Potter said.

 

 

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