Tuesday 26 May, 2020

HDC distributes homes to Point Fortin families in virtual ceremony

Photo courtesy the HDC.

Photo courtesy the HDC.

The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has adapted to the ‘new normal’, conducting virtual ceremonies to continue its housing distribution.

Housing Minister Edmund Dillon said the HDC’s approach is to ensure that it continues its housing allocation mandate in a seamless manner, while adhering to the health and safety protocols.

On Tuesday, 22 people received their allocation documents via an abridged Housing Distribution Ceremony.

These families were processed and scheduled to receive their allocation packages just before Stay At Home measures were implemented in March but the process was subsequently postponed.

The distributions were conducted at the Point Fortin Borough Hall and at the HDC’s San Fernando office.

In an effort to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, packages were distributed to 10 individuals who arrived at pre-determined times to receive their documents at the Borough Hall.

The remaining 12 people were given scheduled times to collect packages from the San Fernando office. The ceremony, which was carried live on the HDC’s Facebook and YouTube platforms, was witnessed by Mayor of the Point Fortin Borough, Kennedy Richards Jnr and HDC Managing Director, Brent Lyons. The recipients were allocated homes in Lake View, Point Fortin, and Hubertstown, Guapo.

Commenting on the new approach to the distribution ceremonies, HDC Managing Director, Brent Lyons said the Corporation has been adjusting and finding ways to adapt to the new normal.

He said: “For this particular activity, we tried to fulfill our mandate and honour our commitment to these individuals and families while adhering to the measures as they relate to proper hygiene, wearing of masks and physical distancing.”

The HDC has done preparatory work, getting its offices ready by implementing new measures which are intended to protect the safety and well-being of staff and clients.

Measures implemented include: the installation of sinks at the main entrance, use of hand-held thermo scanners, wearing of masks by all those entering the building, physical distancing in the lobby, markings to guide queues and physical distancing in other shared spaced within the building.

Guidelines and protocols have also been implemented at the HDC’s housing construction sites and for staff members who conduct home visits and home repairs.

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