Wednesday 23 September, 2020

HDC gives keys to 15 new homeowners

Housing Minister Edmund Dillon hands over care package to housing recipient.

Housing Minister Edmund Dillon hands over care package to housing recipient.

Fifteen individuals have received keys to their new homes from Housing and Urban Development Minister Edmund Dillon and MP for San Fernando West Randall Mitchell.

They were allocated housing units at the refurbished Building 17, Pleasantville; Harmony Hall and Riverside Corinth. A virtual ceremony was held on Tuesday to commemorate the handing over.

In addition, 23 people were given pre-arranged times to collect their keys from the Port-of-Spain and San Fernando HDC offices during the day for these said communities.

This initiative will continue throughout the month and was set up as a health measure that corroborates with physical distancing guidelines. It’s the second ceremony using the new approach as the first was held on May 19 in Point Fortin.

Recalling his time as Housing Minister, Mitchell expressed happiness at the completion of the project.

“It’s been a privilege to have served at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development during a time that gave birth to these brand new housing communities that you now have the benefit of joining. But more than that, the privilege is amplified considering that some of these new units were planned and constructed here in San Fernando East. There is no greater happiness than to be part of the planning, development and now the distribution of housing as MP for San Fernando East.”

In his feature address, Minister Dillon happily highlighted the fact that the HDC was able to distribute over 3000 homes since September 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to deliver on our mandate as we believe every family should have an opportunity to lead decent, rewarding lives regardless of their circumstances.  I am therefore appealing to you to make the most of this opportunity by taking an active role in positively shaping your new communities.”

He also urged the new homeowners to honour their financial obligations to the HDC and TTMF. The Minister said this will ensure the security of tenure and provide a revenue stream that will assist in the payment of contractors, build even more housing units and add to the national stock while maintaining existing rental properties for the benefit of hundreds of families.

On Wednesday, the Housing Ministry and HDC will conduct the first of two live Modified Random Draws, where 500 applicants from the public housing database will have an opportunity to be selected for assessment interviews. The second Random Draw will provide an additional 600 individuals with an opportunity to be selected for interviews.

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