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$800,000 injection for emergency relief fund

The fear of becoming homeless and dispossessed due to fire and other natural and man-made hazards can feel overwhelming.

Survivors of home fires face uncertainties and endure trials. Poor and low-income households typically cannot afford home insurance, making starting over after losing everything even more difficult.

Poor and low-income households looking to rebuild their lives after a tragedy can count on the Hon. Philip J. Pierre Administration for support.

Not all hope is lost with the Pierre-led government. Prime Minister Pierre immediately reinstated the Distress Support Fund (DSF) after coming to power in 2021.

The Prime Minister’s empathy for citizens in need inspired Taiwan to work with the government of Saint Lucia to re-establish the DSF.

In 2023, Taiwan’s contribution to the DSF increased its annual allocation to a historic $1 million.

On June 3, 2024, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, HE Peter Chen, presented $800,000 to the DSF so that Saint Lucians in need can rely on the government for assistance in getting their lives back on track.

The reinstatement of the DSF demonstrates the Pierre government’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable members of our society and reassures the public that they can rely on the government’s support when they need it most.

SOURCE: Prime Minister’s Office

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