Department to embark on neighbourhood research | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–The Department of Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs will be embarking on two neighbourhood research projects to “identify the needs and profile of communities and their residents” in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Acting Minister of Social Affairs, Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin said recently that since the 2017 hurricanes, the character and profile of districts had changed to include destruction of various landmarks.

The research is expected to address the lack of knowledge and insight as to how people interact among themselves and within their respective communities.

One area of research is called “Community Chats.” This will comprise informal discussions with key community members and stakeholders on issues such as rebuilding efforts and social and economic trends, including poverty, addiction and unemployment.

The second research project is entitled “Where are you?” This research will focus on families whose homes were destroyed and abandoned after the 2017 hurricanes. Romeo-Marlin said the two research projects would enable the Department to accurately define the short-, medium- and long-term needs of the communities. The report and findings will be shared with the relevant community organisations, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Members of the Department of Community Development, Family and Humanitarian Affairs are already identifying partners in communities and the actual research will start soon. Residents are asked to cooperate with the initiative, Romeo-Marlin said.

Source: The Daily Herald