Home Improvement Subsidy & Core Homes Initiative: Over 100 Parfaite Harmonie residents sign house contracts

Over 100 low-income residents of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on Sunday signed contracts that will see them benefitting from the construction of core homes and home improvement subsidies.
The signing was held by the Central Housing & Planning Authority (CH&PA) at the La Parfaite Harmonie Primary School.

Housing and Water Minister Collin Croal addressing the gathering

At the event, Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal stated that the home improvement subsidies and core homes, which fall under the Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme (AHUAP), are designed to elevate the living standards of vulnerable groups.
“Our mission at the Ministry of Housing and Water is to increase homeownership across the country and with low-income housing being the highest demand in our system, such programmes are important to our mandate,” Croal stated.
The Minister also spoke to some of the Ministry’s ongoing development programmes in the region including the drilling of new wells, water service connections and some $900 million in expected road upgrades.
Meanwhile, Minister within the Housing Ministry Susan Rodrigues in her remarks elaborated that the initiative will not only help to improve housing conditions but also provide employment opportunities.

One of the beneficiaries signing her contract on Sunday

“Job creation and stimulation of the local economy is integrally part of this programme, these are the soft issues that affect people’s lives and that we’re working on addressing through our housing drive,” Rodrigues added.
Before the signing of the contracts, Head of CH&PA’s Legal Secretariat, Hannifah Jordan explained the contract terms to beneficiaries. A session for concerns to be addressed was then facilitated by Director of Community Development Gladwin Charles, Deputy Director Donell Bess-Bascom and team.

Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Susan Rodrigues hands over the signed contracts to one of the beneficiaries of the Home Improvement Subsidy & Core Homes Initiative at Parfaite Harmonie West Bank Demerara (WBD) on Sunday

Sunday’s event follows the inking of $163 million in contracts between CH&PA and the contractors executing the projects. As such, 25 core homes will be built through this phase of the programme and one hundred and eighteen (118) home improvement subsidies granted.

Some of the beneficiaries of the initiative

The core homes will be no less than 330 square feet single family homes with concrete blocks for the outer walls and floors, basic doors, windows, electrical wiring and water connections.
The homes are designed to meet basic standards that a family can move into and affordably expand over time.
On the other hand, the home improvement subsidies will be $500,000 granted in the form of building materials for repairs to walls, floors, electrical works and sanitation improvements, among others.