The housing needs of the less fortunate

The Government of Grenada and the People’s Republic of China are expected Tuesday to sign an agreement for the commencement of the second phase of the Chinese Housing project.

This was disclosed by Housing Minister, Delma Thomas during last week Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives at the Trade Centre, Morne Rouge.

“It is fitting for us to continue to pay homage to the Peoples Republic of China Mr. Speaker,” Minister Thomas told last week Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, noting that “without their solidarity to our government this project would not have been possible”, the female government minister told Parliament.

The new phase of the project is expected to provide homes for 650 families, and will be constructed in Beausejour and Frequente in St. George’s, Black Bay in St. John’s, Diamond, St. Mark’s, St. Patrick’s and Dumfries in Carriacou.

Phase one of the project saw the completion of over 300 units in Soubise, St. Andrew’s, and Mt. Gay and Frequente in St. George’s.

Several of the homes have already been distributed to applicants at the three sites.

The female Minister said her government is also “stepping in the right direction” in providing adequate housing options for less fortunate Grenadians under her Ministry’s soft loan housing assistance programme.

Fifty-six individuals are down to receive funds under the initiative, which is being administered by the Housing Authority of Grenada  amounting to more than EC$1,300, 000.

According to Minister Thomas, who is also the Member of Parliament for the St. Andrew North-west constituency, a total of 107 loans have already been approved so far under the programme.

Additionally, she said 51 loans have been approved and persons are currently awaiting the disbursement of funds totaling EC$1,337, 213, while another 110 persons have completed applications to benefit to the tune of EC$2, 771, 500 and are now awaiting approval of their loans.

Minister Thomas reiterated that the “issue of housing is a critical component” under her ministry, noting that “many members (parliamentary representatives) here would say…90 per cent of persons who visit their offices are looking for some means of housing assistance.”

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