As the deadline for residents of shanty towns in the country to move draws near the Bahamas Government seeks to assist those who will be left homeless. Labour Minister and head of the Shanty Town Action Task Force, Dion Foulkes said the government has conducted a study on affordable housing …
Eight illegally constructed homes were bulldozed in Sand Banks on October 7. Sand Banks is a shanty town community just south of Treasure Cay. On May 4 of this year a fire destroyed about half of the homes in the community. The actions on October 7 targeted the homes which had been constructed since the fire.
On Abaco, and throughout The Bahamas, the poorer sections are often overcrowded with poor planning and limited zoning oversight from the government. These “shanty towns” develop and grow organically as necessary to accommodate the poor folks who live here. One such community is called Pigeon Pea, which burned and consumed many homes on December 31, 2013; two souls were lost in this fire.
In the early morning hours of May 4 a fire broke out in the middle of Sand Banks – a shanty town just outside of Treasure Cay – destroying about half of the homes there and leaving hundreds homeless.