Thirty-six families from East Trinidad are the newest recipients of starter homes under a special programme helmed by the Land Settlement Agency (LSA).
The Housing and Village Improvement Programme (HVIP) initiative, as the Housing and Urban Development ministry explains, seeks to improve the “living conditions of families in rural and peri-urban spaces who are willing to help defray costs to the taxpayer with labour and finishings.”
On Friday, June 2, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Camille Robinson-Regis MP distributed the keys during a ceremony at the Tunapuna Community Centre, Centenary Street, Tunapuna.
“Moments like this key distribution motivate me to want to do even more to benefit our citizens,” Minister Robinson-Regis said.
“It is truly phenomenal to see these starter homes replace sub-standard structures, and to know that families are getting homes that are structurally sound, safe and that can withstand natural disasters,” she added.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Land Settlement Committee (LSA), Wayne Inniss, says the HVIP was designed with community sustainability in mind.
“We want the programme [HVIP] to have a holistic impact,” he noted, “therefore it is more than simply providing technical, financial and social support.”
The LSA Chairman added: “It is community oriented and goes further than improving the physical, human and social capital assets of communities. It is geared towards sustainability and building positive relationships, community comradeship and pride.”
Over the last six years, some 459 families have been housed through the HVIP. In addition to the 36 homes handed over on June 2, another 84 currently are under construction.
For 2023, the LSA has targeted commencement of construction of a total of 275 starter homes in various parts of the country.