BERT only hope for hous­ing

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Parliament -

There can be no af­ford­able hous­ing un­less the is­land ex­pe­ri­ences eco­nomic re­cov­ery and that was why the Bar­ba­dos Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery and Trans­for­ma­tion (BERT) Pro­gramme was so im­por­tant.

This was the view of Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for St James South, San­dra Hus­bands, who was speak­ing on Tues­day as the House of As­sem­bly de­bated the vest­ing of land at Chancery Lane, Christ Church to the Na­tional Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (NHC).

Us­ing the units in Hay­nesville, St James, which have elec­tri­cal prob­lems as an ex­am­ple, Hus­bands said there was a cri­sis in hous­ing with the NHC lack­ing the funds to re­pair its units or make them com­fort­able.

Hus­bands said that is why BERT “is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial to this na­tion and is the pri­mary fo­cus of this Govern­ment, be­cause if we don’t have eco­nomic re­cov­ery, we will not have the means to be able to pro­vide the hous­ing and the op­por­tu­ni­ties for hous­ing for our cit­i­zens”.

She said there were ap­prox­i­mately 30 000 peo­ple on the wait­ing list and it would cost about $3 bil­lion to pro­vide so­lu­tions for all.

Hus­bands said it meant new ap­proaches and cre­ative so­lu­tions were needed, like af­ford­able mort­gages and rent-to-own so­lu­tions.

The St James South MP added it would take a shift of cul­tural be­hav­iours to get they to ap­pre­ci­ate high rise liv­ing as Bar­ba­di­ans put much store in hav­ing a “pal­ing” en­clos­ing their yards.

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