Housing grants top .6M

As the reconstruction phase of Hurricane Ivan recovery commences, the housing sector gets a shot in the arm with CI$2.6 million in grants for some 225 projects.

These projects have so far been approved from among 650 applications received by the Housing Recovery Grant, government’s assistance programme for those affected by Hurricane Ivan, states a GIS press release. The HRG is funded by Government (up to CI$5.5 million) and administered by the Cayman Islands Development Bank.

While applications continue to come in, HRG managers at CIDB are committed to ensuring that all are dealt with fairly and on a timely basis. ‘We treat all applications equally,’ says CIDB Director Angela Miller. ‘Each one has to be processed thoroughly in order to fairly assess and validate the damage the applicant received. All those who have applied are being reviewed as quickly as possible in order that work can begin.’

All districts on Grand Cayman are represented among approved applications, though George Town and Bodden Town have received the highest number of approvals so far.

Contractors are anxious to begin working on the approved homes. A key factor in delays has been lack of readily available supplies.

The Cayman Islands Recovery operation, the umbrella agency overseeing the reconstruction process, is working at alleviating this problem and expediting repairs. These include bulk purchasing of supplies and establishment of district work teams, both of which initiatives are now in the pipeline.

Those wishing to submit applications should visit the CIDB on Dr. Roy’s Drive in George Town, or call 949-7511.