500 applicants randomly selected for interviews for HDC homes
College Boy Jesse sings "The Happy Song" to congratulate the 500 applicants who were selected during Wednesday's Housing Draw.
Five hundred applicants from the public housing database moved one step closer to home ownership when they were selected for assessment interviews during the Housing Draw, which was hosted live by the Ministry of Housing and the Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC) on Wednesday.
The HDC said the applicants were selected from a database of 180,000.
According to Housing Minister, Edmund Dillon, who presided over his first live draw: “Our goal is to ensure that every deserving low to middle-income family has the opportunity to lead decent, dignified and rewarding lives regardless of their locality or position in society.”
Dillon added: “The housing programme by its very nature touches every facet of human development. We hold to the premise that any investment made in the housing sector now and in the future, is a direct investment in our citizens and their families.
The 500 individuals and families who were selected for assessment interviews during Wednesday’s draw will be contacted by HDC's Allocations Department over the next few weeks to begin the process.
The HDC said before the end of June, the second live Housing Draw will be conducted, where an additional 600 applicants will be selected from the database.
Wednesday’s draw was supervised by external auditors from PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC).
The reference numbers of all selected applicants will be published on the HDC’s website and in the daily newspapers within five days.
The National Housing Allocation Policy, which was developed in 2004, and which guides the HDC, is intended to ensure greater equity in the allocation process so that all applicants, once they are eligible for the programme, have an equal opportunity of being randomly selected for the location of their choice.
In addition to modified random draws which account for 60 percent of allocations per community, the Allocation Policy provides for a 25 percent for emergency cases or those recommended by the Minister; 10 percent allocation to members of the protective service and defence force; and 5 percent for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
To be eligible for public housing, applicants must be twenty-one 21 years and over, resident citizens with a combined household income of under $25,000 and must not own any property.