• Today
    September 20

  • 12:26 PM

Still waiting for house after Tomas

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 25 October 2012


Dear Christine, I am a single mother and a victim of Tomas. I used to rent a house and the roof got blown off when this storm passed two years ago. I had to move and I am still waiting to be relocated by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) – all to no avail. I still visit the office and I also visited  my constituency representative (who is the Prime Minister). I live at a family member. I have children going to school and it’s very hard. I went to three people at the NHC. I was told  on a Tuesday that they did not have any houses available, yet the following day a house was made available to a young woman whose  story appeared  in the newspaper. Why am I so unlucky? Another situation I am dealing with relates to the children. I have two children for one man and  I receive support through the court. The father owes over  $4 000 in arrears and nothing is being done by the court to retrieve this money. I went to get a welfare grant for the children and officials there said they could not get me a grant because the father of the children was in court for child maintenance. What help is this? The magistrate told the children’s father to pay  off the arrears by paying $75 a week. He pays $75 a month or every two to three months. I work, but I have  to send the children to school, buy food and still pay the bills. It is very hard. – A   Dear A, I cannot answer  all your questions without making  a thorough investigation. I will tell you, however, that the answer  to your case concerning child maintenance  rests primarily with your children’s father. I also believe that  the court should do more to ensure that  he is paying what  he should. Too many of these complaints are also coming to my attention and I do not have the solution. I can only print  your letter for the relevant authorities  to see. I will look into the other case and get back to you. – CHRISTINE


Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus



What's Trending img
Toni-Ann Johnson img




Will you be joining the relief effort for countries affected by Hurricane Irma?