Sister Islands’ housing

The Sister Islands Affordable Housing Development Corporation is reviewing all systems and processes and updating financial records in its efforts to deliver more homes in a cost-effective manner.

Certified planner Christine Maltman, who was appointed board chair last year, has facilitated the corporation’s strengthened partnership with government.

The board will soon seek planning permission for a mixture of two- and three-bedroom houses on either of its two sites – Watering Place and West End.

“…We are really excited at the prospect of adding a third phase to the affordable housing stock,” said Ms Maltman. “Home ownership … creates robust and stable communities.

“Once planning permission is secured, we will put the project out to tender in the hope that we can start construction this summer,” she added.

In projects completed in December 2008 and April 2010 a total of eight homes were built.

Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said everything done to date supports her ministry’s objective of promoting individual home ownership at the best cost.

“Our ultimate goal is to accelerate the pace of providing applicants with affordable homes. I congratulate Ms Maltman and her board for making great strides in a short time,” she said.