Rupert Cole and his wife are now
homeowners thanks to a new scheme.
The National Housing Development
Trust provides assistance and home ownership through a variety of schemes
including the Affordable Housing Project and the Build on Your Own Property programme,
explained trust chairman Steve McLaughlin.
“Under the Affordable Housing
Project, the NHDT acquires land and constructs homes for sale to qualified
Build-on-Your-Own-Property programme, landowners can receive NHDT assistance
through commercial banks guarantees to finance construction on land owned by
the applicant,” he said.
Present at the handover were also
Minister of Community Affairs and Housing, Mike Adam, and Ministry Housing Councillor
Mr Solomon also congratulated the
homeowners on acquiring the property and following through to build a
He said that Government was intent
on making a significant dent in outstanding applications for homes and he gave
an update on other ongoing NHDT programmes, emphasising that pre-construction
work on the Affordable Housing Project’s East End
development, begun just one month ago, was progressing well.
“Utilities and sidewalks are being put in
place, prior to actual construction of the units which will start in a few
months,” Mr. Solomon explained.
He confirmed that homes are also
scheduled to be constructed in Bodden Town, West, Bay and George Town later this year.
Noting that last December the
ministry had invited qualified small-contractors to complete a
pre-qualification exercise to provide construction services, Mr. Solomon also
promised that government’s allocation of building contracts will be fair.
He disclosed that to date 14
contractors have pre-qualified. They can
tender for work on housing projects in East End
and elsewhere on-island as bidding opens, he said, adding that the
pre-qualification process is still in progress.
New homeowner Mr Cole said that it
was a dream come true for he and his wife.
“The Bible says blessed is the
child that has his own. We are really happy. You come home and you can relax,
go outside and do what you want to do; it’s your own place. It’s a good