6 Aug 2014

Displaced families in American Samoa to be given temporary housing

7:20 am on 6 August 2014

Families in American Samoa who have been displaced by landslides and flooding last week are to have government assistance to find better temporary housing.

More than 70 people have been housed at the residence of the LBJ Hospital chaplain, while 13 are staying in the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa hall in Fagatogo.

The Director of Homeland Security, Utualii Iuniasolua Savusa, says they want to move the affected families out of the shelters to more suitable housing until they can rebuild their homes.

The deputy Director of Youth and Women Affairs, Pa'u Roy Ausage, says a homeless prevention grant will offer between $10,000 to $15,000 per family to pay the rent for displaced families for up to three months.

A mudslide in Gataivai, American Samoa

A mudslide in Gataivai, American Samoa Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller