[www.inewsguyana.com] – Residents occupying an area along Lombard Street have been given the assurance that while there may not be an immediate solution to their issues, there will be a comprehensive one in the near future.
Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence gave this assurance during a recent visit to residents living along the Lombard and Broad Streets area.
A GINA report noted that the Minister told the residents, who are currently living under deplorable conditions that their voices were heard at the recent elections, and it is time for the new government to intervene.
The residents were however reminded that the changes which are needed will not happen overnight as their issues are wide ranging, but it will take strategic planning for a comprehensive solution.
Minister Lawrence advised the residents, many of whom live in cramped shacks and are forced to sleep on the floor that the new administration will be working to bring about better housing solutions that will cater to individual needs.
Acknowledging that there are some challenges when persons are issued with house lots and cannot afford to pay for them, and the issue of high mortgage, Ms. Lawrence said the new housing plans would see homes being built to suit the individual needs of families at a cost they can afford.
The Minister told the residents that she was not pleased with the conditions under which the children are forced to grow up as the environment is not conducive.
Meanwhile some residents informed the Minister that they have made application to the Ministry of Housing for a house lot several years ago, and they are still waiting.
Other residents said they were invited into the Housing Ministry and asked to pay $200,000 cash in order to acquire houses under a Food for the Poor initiative. However that amount for many of the residents was too high, and they were not given any time to acquire the money.
In the interim, the Minister urged the residents to be patient as she reiterated that the relevant authorities are working on new strategies to address their concerns.