P.E.I. residents wait hours in line to prove they qualify for Fiona relief payment


Destiny Harper has been with out energy since post-tropical storm Fiona slammed Prince Edward Island 18 days in the past.

She’s been burning by way of cash to feed herself and her child, and to fill her generator with gasoline.

So she was relieved to hear the provincial authorities would give $250 — administered by the Red Cross — to every family on P.E.I. affected by the storm.

More than 28,000 Island households have now acquired the cash, however as of Tuesday afternoon, not Harper.

Despite registering on-line 10 days in the past, she received a name from the Red Cross saying she wanted to go to a reception centre in Charlottetown to validate her identification.

She made the half-hour journey from her dwelling in Rose Valley on Tuesday to wait hours in line with dozens of others who have been there for the identical cause.

Destiny Harper,left, of Rose Valley, P.E.I. waits in line together with her 21-week-old child to validate her identification so she will be able to obtain her $250 Fiona relief payment. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

“So right here we’re with a 21-week-old child sitting in line, with the potential of we ‘might or might not’ be seen.”

Many others in line may relate to Harper’s state of affairs, calling the method sophisticated and complicated.

Stew Rogers stated he heard one particular person say he missed his Thanksgiving turkey dinner whereas ready in line.

“It ought to’ve by no means been completed like this, it does not make any sense to me,” Rogers stated.

“Governments run assist packages, funds on a regular basis, that is what governments do … I’ve by no means in my life had to wait 20 minutes, not to mention four-and-a-half hours in a line simply to obtain authorities payment.”

The volunteer group Charlottetown Mutual Aid heard in regards to the lengthy waits and confirmed up with bottles of water for folks in line ready for their cash. The group’s Kali Ross stated folks have been grateful.

People ought to’ve had this cash in their pockets earlier.— Kali Ross, Charlottetown Mutual Aid

“We’ve heard from lots of people which have been ready many hours, which isn’t OK. People ought to’ve had this cash in their pockets earlier. There should not have been so many hoops to soar by way of.”

Bill Lawlor, director for the Red Cross on P.E.I., stated they have had to ask Islanders to present up in particular person to validate their identification in circumstances the place their on-line system could not match the particular person’s title and tackle. 

The Red Cross says it wants to validate IDs in circumstances the place somebody’s title didn’t match their tackle. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

“We simply, on the finish of the day, have to be certain we’re transferring these funds, whether or not or not it’s on behalf of presidency, or the Red Cross by way of donors, that we’re getting it proper.  And typically I do know the velocity and the precise battle with one another.”

As effectively, the Red Cross stated extra Islanders than anticipated have chosen to register in-person, which, for the previous couple days, has contributed to the lengthy strains in Charlottetown and at its reception centre in Montague. 

It plans to open up one other centre in Summerside on Wednesday, and has began to give an appointment time for folks ready in line, so they can go away and are available again.

On Friday, the Red Cross introduced it could be distributing an extra $500 in monetary help to these most in want after the storm.


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