CH&PA to fund hou­sing sec­tor jump-start

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

As the ad­mi­ni­stra­ti­on con­ti­nues to grap­ple with gro­wing pro­blems in the hou­sing sec­tor, it has been an­noun­ced that 2017 will see in­ten­se fo­cus in tar­ge­ting low in­co­me and sta­te em­ploy­ees.

The mo­nies that are nee­ded to car­ry out cri­ti­cal works will co­me from the cof­fers of the Cen­tral Hou­sing and Plan­ning Aut­ho­ri­ty (CH&PA). Spea­king Mon­day du­ring his pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the 2017 bud­get, Fi­nan­ce Mi­nis­ter Wins­ton Jor­dan ma­de it clear that the ans­wers to the hou­sing sec­tor pro­blems will ha­ve to be ho­lis­tic. The­re are ap­proxi­ma­te­ly 25,000 ap­pli­ca­ti­ons on fi­le for hou­se lots, of which al­most 18,000 are low in­co­me in­di­vi­du­als. Ac­cor­ding to Jor­dan, con­cerns about the low oc­cu­pan­cy of ma­ny hou­sing de­vel­op­ments are­as ha­ve led to re­views of the me­cha­nis­ms used to ena­ble ho­me ow­ner­ship. “What has been re­ve­a­led is the lack of a ho­lis­tic ap­pro­ach in pro­vi­ding qua­li­ty, af­for­da­ble hou­sing in sa­fe, well-ser­vi­ced com­mu­ni­ties. Ma­ny re­ci­pients of hou­se lots remain una­ble to start con­struc­ti­on, whi­le others ha­ve been al­lo­ca­ted lots in are­as that are woe­ful­ly un­der­de­vel­o­ped and wit­hout ba­sic in­fra­struc­tu­re.” Still, he said, ma­ny mo­re are saddled with poor­ly con­struc­ted turn­key ho­mes. “The Hou­sing Pro­fi­le stu­dy is in pro­gress and will be the ba­sis for the pre­pa­ra­ti­on of the Na­ti­o­nal Hou­sing Po­li­cy which is ex­pec­ted to in­form the re­vi­ta­li­za­ti­on of the sec­tor so that it can ful­fill its ca­ta­ly­tic role within the eco­no­my,” he pro­mi­sed. This year, a to­tal of 1,921 new hou­se lots we­re al­lo­ca­ted to po­ten­ti­al ho­me ow­ners – 4,208 land tit­les we­re dis­tri­bu­ted, and 173 squat­ters we­re re­gu­la­ri­zed. Govern­ment is cur­rent­ly con­si­de­ring a new mo­del for pro­vi­ding for the hou­sing needs of the thou­sands of low in­co­me in­di­vi­du­als is being. Ac­cor­ding to Jor­dan, this is in re­cog­ni­ti­on of the cri­ti­cal links bet­ween hou­sing con­struc­ti­on, ho­me ow­ner­ship, con­su­mer spen­ding, re­ve­nue ge­ne­ra­ti­on, and eco­no­mic growth. Jor­dan dis­clo­sed that go­ing for­ward, the mo­de of pro­vi­ding af­for­da­ble hou­sing will in­clu­de a mix of mul­tis­to­rey apart­ment buil­dings, du­plexes, and sin­gle fa­mi­ly ho­mes within sustai­na­ble com­mu­ni­ty struc­tu­res.


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