[www.inewsguyana.com] – As government continues in its quest to make available affording housing for citizens, the first batch of homes under the Perseverance 1000 turn-key homes has been allocated.
According to Denise King-Tudor, Director of Operation, Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), construction has begun on another 50 homes which all measure 600 sq ft, feature two bedrooms, kitchen, toilet and bath.
Known as the Buttercup Cottages, Ms. Tudor said the initiative was tested in several other housing schemes and was accepted with demands flooding the Ministry.
Hence, the 1000 turn-key homes initiative was launched in June 2013 and construction soon commenced in May.
The project, Ms. Tudor said, has also provided employment opportunity for close to 400 citizens.
“The beauty about this is that we are able to provide water and electricity for the persons who will be occupying. They apply to us for this; we would prequalify them and then forward them to NBS for them to be prequalified. They return to us and we continue the process.”
Tudor further explained that based on the prequalification by the New Building Society (NBS), the applicants are then advised on their down payments, for the $4.5 million structures.
“This is an opportunity for all Guyanese to own their own homes. Our policy is to provide housing for all; this is one of the aspects that we have been looking at where everyone in the society can all benefit.”
Ms. Tudor also took the opportunity to encourage persons who have not yet applied to visit the ministry and take advantage of the initiative.
In addition, she explained that it is not necessary for persons to wait until the homes are completed to apply.
Tudor said houses are allocated to persons even in their construction phases and they are allowed to visit the site and monitor works.
Only recently, some of the beneficiaries of the first set of homes were given a tour of the scheme and the works ongoing.