THE first phase of the construction of 60 housing units in Phase Three, Amelia’s Ward has commenced, with 15 houses currently being constructed.
The project saw over 80 Lindeners being employed by four contractors who are also Lindeners, one of them being Michael Bonds Construction. Minister responsible for housing, Valerie Patterson- Yearwood, said that the tendering process of the second phase of another 15 units will be done in a week’s time. Construction commenced after access roads, electricity and water supply were made available in the area. Thirty of the 60 units will be flat concrete houses which will cost $5.3M and the other 30 will be concrete houses on stilts and will cost $6.3M. $100,000 of those respective costs will go towards payment for the land.
As each house is completed, the owner will be able to move in. Thirty four Lindeners have since prequalified for the units. Priority was given to youths and government workers. Two of these are Registered Nurse Abigail Thompson and Mechanical Engineer attached to the Regional Democratic Council, Nigel Newton. They were given letters to the respective commercial banks to obtain funding.
Thompson in July told the media that she is a mother of two and had applied eight months prior to pre-qualifying. “Don’t give up, apply once you reach the age and you might be selected. It makes me feel honoured to be selected today, to own my own home soon,” she said, as she encouraged other youths to do the same.
In 2019, CH&PA will be commencing similar construction in the Wisroc Scheme. The process of having the lands transferred from the Wisroc Housing Corporation via the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission to the CH&PA is underway
Yearwood has related to residents that the move to construct housing units, rather than to just distribute house lots was birthed from country-wide consultations and the demands for turnkey homes were made. Approximately 8,500 individuals expressed their preference for housing units located in already developed schemes. The first set of houses built at Perseverance, EBD by CH&PA are all sold out. The CH&PA has invested millions of dollars into constructing housing units across Guyana. Several other communities nationwide are expected to benefit from CH&PA housing units, while core houses will be built to be distributed free of cost to impoverished families.