Government increases housing allocation

Government increases housing allocation

The Department of Housing aims to implement sustainable housing solutions.

Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport, and Civil Aviation, Hon. Herod Stanislaus, stated that there can be no national economic development without the people of a country having access to quality affordable housing.

The minister’s statement was part of a presentation made at the second session of the debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, last Thursday. This, he said, was one of the main reasons for the increase in the allocation of funding to the ministry.

“The estimates provided for my ministry’s housing program an amount of $25,544, 397—an increase of over 100 percent from last year,” Mr Stanislaus said. “This allocation gives you an indication of how committed we are to providing adequate housing to the people of this country. I personally believe that there cannot be economic development if your people can not afford quality housing.”

The minister elaborated on the commitment of the Department of Housing and Urban Renewal in meeting their mandate.

“The Department of Housing and Urban Renewal is mandated to ensure the efficient delivery of affordable housing options, and an effective framework for the sustainable development of urban settlements in Saint Lucia,” he said. “In so doing the agency will focus on developing and implementing affordable and sustainable housing, and related service delivery systems capable of assisting in the alleviation, and ultimately the eradication of poverty in communities.”

The department will also prioritize the renewal of urban centres.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Good going forward but the government must insure that they get the private sector involved. I’ve seen one particular very creative proposal for sustainable affordable housing which has promise. Hope they had that one in mind.

  2. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Let’s hope that the land and house lots are affordable for low and middle income families.

  3. Waden
    May 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Even if the government build affordable housing an land the Banks are the ones who gives people a hard time for loans with high rates an all kinds of deserving paper work to locals which in return discouraging lots of honest hard working people.

    1. Anonymous
      May 6, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply

      Thats’ a fact.

  4. Waden
    May 5, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply

    I mean deseptive paperwork ​

  5. Maheswaran Arumujam
    May 7, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply

    We came to this nice country for good job to work on big horsetrack project. We need a place to live that we can afford for our families. Where are our extended families that arrive next month going to live? Government should help us St. Lucia good.

  6. Johnny Wishbone
    May 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm Reply

    Johnny thinks most people’s views come from the bottom of a glass of rum.

    All Glory to God

  7. Anonymous
    May 9, 2017 at 3:37 am Reply

    The capitalist crooks who live in cap estate rodney bay and bornne terre

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