Government is continuing to improve and secure the livelihoods of many more Saint Lucians with the commencement of a multi-million dollar low-cost housing project in the north of the island.
The Core Unit Construction Shelter Programme in Monchy will provide settlement for 20 families being relocated from the Conway Community in Castries while an additional 22 houses will be sold to interested low and middle income citizens.
Minister for Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal Stanley Felix says the programme is in delivery of government’s promise to make housing more affordable to Saint Lucians.
“This Core Unit Construction Project is consistent with the Labour government’s acceptance of its social responsibility to the citizens of this country by ensuring the necessary improvements and interventions are conducted to improve the general quality of life for all Saint Lucians. The 42 households who are to benefit directly from the implementation of this project are the most significant stakeholder group in this process not simply because they will be the recipients of improved living conditions and tenure at subsidised rate but the payment made towards the purchase of their properties will contribute to a revolving fund which will serve to assist other similar households in the future.”
The construction of the 42 low-cost housing units and associated infrastructure is funded at a cost of over EC$37 million from the Caribbean Development Bank.
Member of Parliament for Gros Islet Emma Hippolyte welcomes the project which will stimulate jobs and economic activity.
The member of parliament also encouraged the prospective home owners to explore every potential for development which may arise from the housing project.
“As the parliamentary representative I see this as a manifestation of my government’s grand promise of better days. The development of a new housing area is an achievement that most of us can relate to and as the minister responsible for commerce I see the small business opportunities which will flow through various phases of this project. A stream of business opportunities will flow thus stimulating local private sector investment.”
The sod-turning ceremony to mark the commencement of the Core Unit Construction Shelter Programme in Monchy took place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
The project to construct the 42 houses is expected to be completed in March 2014