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The main aim of social assistance is to help people and families to overcome hardship, so that they achieve a level of independence and improve their living conditions.
Social assistance benefits are non-contributory meaning, to make use of them, one doesn't need to have made contributions to any kind of fund or pension.
Social assistance encompasses benefits in cash and in kind (non-cash).
Assistance is offered to Bahamian citizens or Bahamian permanent residents. Food Assistance and Shelter in the aftermath of a nationally-declared or local area disaster is offered to anyone within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
For some assistance types, applicants must meet certain criteria. These include:
- Housing- Placement to Motel
- Housing- Rental
- Food Ongoing
- Financial Assistance- Assets
- Financial Assistance- Utility
Proxy-means testing (PMT) is used to determine the eligibility of a household for some assistance types. PMT is based on fairly easy to observe characteristics of the household such as the location and quality of the dwelling, ownership of durable goods, demographic structure of the household, and the education of adults.
An interview aimed at assessing the personal, family, and income situation of the applicant forms the basis for giving social assistance benefits. It is carried out by a social worker within 14 days of the application being made.
|Assistance type||Payment amount||Payment schedule||Payment method|
|FOOD||Ongoing||Single – $84 BSD
2 members – $105
3 members – $126
4 members – $147
5 members – $168
6+ members – $189
|Monthly||Digital wallet- Kanoo or MobileAssist|
|Emergency||Single – $50
2 members– $640 3 members– $70
4 members– $80
5 members– $90
6+ members– $100
|Given every 3 months||Food coupon|
|Disaster||$100 per person||N/A||Digital wallet: Kanoo or MobileAssist|
|Uniform||Pre-school – $120
Primary school – $150 Secondary/high school – $180
|Once every 6 months||Digital coupon|
|Housing||Rental||$1,200.00||Once per year||Digital wallet|
|Placement to Motel||Based on Motel rate and number of days placed to the Motel.||N/A||Paid directly to service provider|
|Burial||Varies||Once||Paid directly to service provider|
|Financial Assistance||Utility||Maximum of $1,200.00||Once every 6 months||Paid directly to utility company|
|Assets||Maximum of $5,000.00||Once every 3 months||Paid directly to company|
A household may be one person living alone, a family, or several, unrelated individuals who live together and routinely purchase and prepare meals together. Certain family members or individuals who live together and do not routinely purchase and prepare meals together do not have to be included in the household. The following are considered as household members:
- those who spent at least one week in the house in the past 4 weeks,
- those who in the past 12 months stayed 3 or more months in the house,
- live-in caregiver,
- students staying away from home,
- members who have been living in the household 6 months or more,
- members who have been living in the household less than 6 months under the following categories only: household head, infants less than 6 months old, members who just joined the household because of marriage, members who just joined as live-in servants, or a new household.
The following are not considered as household members:
- deceased individuals,
- guests or visitors
The decision of whether or not an individual must be included in the household is based on the Department of Social Service policies.
The designation head of household, also termed head of family, is applied to one whose authority to exercise family control and to support the dependent members is founded upon a moral or legal obligation or duty.
You have a right to a fair hearing. You can contact The Department of Social Services at 1-242-604-4200.