Special Hardship Cases

The category of Special Hardship Cases (SHC) was created by UNRWA in 1978. The intent of UNRWA's SHC programme is to provide support to households who are unable to earn their living because of a particularly difficult situation. The Agency has continued to distribute rations to SHC after it cancelled rations to all registered refugees in 1982.15

As of present, the SHC comprise approximately 6% of all UNRWA registered refugees. Status as a SHC may be granted a family upon application. New cases or reopening of inactive cases require a desk study and a field enquiry. The desk study involves checking the details of the application against the registration card and a preliminary interview with the applicant. The field enquiry involves completion of the Social Study Report, a visit to the family household and, if required, discussions with local community leaders.

15.) Assistance to SHC consists of some or all of the following services: (i) bimonthly rations (consisting of:flour, rice, oils/fats, corned beef, tomasto paste, burghol and skimmed milk), (ii) winter/summer clothing for school children, (iii) grants for establishing self-support income-generating projects, (iv) shelter repair or construction. The rations are provided to all SHC. Shelter rehabilitation assistance and Cash assistance is given selectively on the basis of specific needs which are approved or identified by the UNRWA social workers. The value of the aid under the SHC Programme is estimated by UNRWA to about $ 175 per person annually. Special Hardship Cases may live either inside or outside refugee camps.

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