Province details financial support for people affected by Hurricane Fiona

We now have more details on this $30 million provincial government relief package for affected Southwest Coast residents.

The package, which includes immediate and one-time financial assistance, will provide $1,000 per household to those who were temporarily evacuated from their primary residence during the storm and returned before September 30, or $10,000 per household who were displaced from their main residence and were unable to return until September 30.

The Red Cross will receive $500,000 to disburse. Half of this sum will be used to support requests for immediate assistance, for example, the removal of debris; the other $250,000 to provide temporary housing assistance.

An additional $500,000 will be distributed to affected communities on the southwest coast based on assessed needs.

Financial assistance associated with repairs and/or reconstructions of a primary place of residence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with the support of residents and insurance companies, as appropriate.

Residents will need to apply for funding through the Canadian Red Cross. Details of the application process will be released in the coming days.

Prime Minister Andrew Furey acknowledges the package won’t be perfect and encourages anyone who falls through the cracks to contact the helpline.

He says if they expected perfection, people would not get money for months. He says those affected don’t want perfection, they want help now.

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