Ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing re­ceived for large low-in­come hous­ing project

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK NEWS -

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing re­ceived from per­sons in low-in­come house­holds who want to ben­e­fit from a large hous­ing project funded by the In­terAmer­i­can Bank (IDB).

On Tues­day, the Cen­tral Hous­ing and Plan­ning Author­ity (CH&PA) said at a press con­fer­ence that De­vel­op­ment plans re­main on stream for the US$27 mil­lion hous­ing and in­fras­truc­tural project.

It tar­gets a to­tal of 2,500 low-in­come house­holds, and low-in­come ar­eas in Ge­orge­town, the lower East Coast De­mer­ara, East Bank De­mer­ara and West Bank De­mer­ara through the CHPA’s Ad­e­quate Hous­ing and Ur­ban Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Pro­gramme.

The ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod opened on Novem­ber 1, 2018 and ends on Fe­bru­ary 1, 2019.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms will be avail­able at all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in­clud­ing the of­fices of the re­gional demo­cratic coun­cils in the project area and at the CHPA head of­fice in Brick­dam on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days from 8.00 am to 3.30 pm. All com­pleted forms sup­ported by rel­e­vant doc­u­men­ta­tion are to be re­turned to the CHPA head of­fice.

The project is be­ing ex­e­cuted in three phases. Min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties Va­lerie Adams-Year­wood re­it­er­ated at a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day that the phases are af­ford­able and sus­tain­able hous­ing to the tune of US$10 mil­lion, con­sol­i­da­tion of ex­ist­ing hous­ing schemes, US$16 mil­lion and in­sti­tu­tional strength­en­ing, US$1 mil­lion. These fig­ures are slightly dif­fer­ent from the ones which had been is­sued ear­lier. Then, US$18m had been stated for ex­ist­ing hous­ing schemes and US$2m for in­sti­tu­tional strength­en­ing.

The af­ford­able and sus­tain­able hous­ing has two com­po­nents, Deputy Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Don­nel Bess-Bas­com noted. The first, a US$10 mil­lion core home sup­port pro­gramme, tar­gets 250 low in­come house­holds, in­clud­ing sin­gle par­ents who have been al­lo­cated low in­come house lots in hous­ing ar­eas that have been de­vel­oped or reg­u­larised by the CHPA. The sta­tus of a low in­come house­hold varies on cir­cum­stances. How­ever, a monthly in­come of $75,000 in a house­hold with a de­pen­dent be­low the age of 21 is con­sid­ered low in­come.

To qual­ify for the pro­gramme, the ap­pli­cant of the house­hold must have proof of be­ing the le­git­i­mate owner of the al­lo­cated house lot, must be 18 years of age and must be liv­ing on the lot in struc­tures re­ferred to as shacks.

The house­hold se­lected for the core home sup­port pro­gramme will be re­quired to con­trib­ute $100,000 which must be paid over a three-month pe­riod with the first half of $50,000 paid in the first in­stall­ment.

“We will also be giv­ing spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions to in­ter­ven­tions that ben­e­fit per­sons who have dis­abil­i­ties,” Bess-Bas­com said.

The core home sup­port pro­gramme cov­ers up to Grove/Di­a­mond on the East Bank De­mer­ara, up to La Bonne In­ten­tion on the East Coast De­mer­ara and up to Par­faite Har­monie on the West Bank De­mer­ara.

The sec­ond com­po­nent of the hous­ing pro­gramme, a US$10 mil­lion home im­prove­ment sub­sidy, also tar­gets 2,000 own­ers of low in­come house­holds, in­clud­ing the sin­gle par­ent house­hold. Un­like the core home sup­port pro­gramme, Bess-Bas­com said, the home im­prove­ment sub­si­dies is not lim­ited to hous­ing ar­eas that were de­vel­oped by the CHPA.

Ap­pli­cants must be liv­ing on the lot, in the build­ing they are ap­ply­ing for the im­prove­ment.

The home im­prove­ment sub­sidy is up to $500,000 in build­ing ma­te­ri­als which will be used to ef­fect re­pairs, im­prove­ment, or as ex­ten­sions to an ex­ist­ing build­ing.

The ben­e­fi­ciary, BessBas­com said, will be re­quired to pro­vide 100 per cent of the labour for the im­prove­ment works.

Un­der this pro­gramme, the spe­cific types of im­prove­ments that qual­ify for fi­nanc­ing in­clude re­pairs to roofs, floors in­clud­ing the com­ple­tion of bath­rooms, toi­lets, im­prove­ment of earthen or wooden floors and re­place­ment of walls with more durable ma­te­ri­als.

Rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, elec­tri­cal works, plumb­ing the re­place­ment of a pit la­trine with an in­door water closet or sep­tic tank, and mod­i­fi­ca­tions for

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