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Over 200 persons approved for housing assistance to date

Health and Social Development Minister Carvin Malone

More than 200 residents are set to benefit from the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme, Social Development Minister Carvin Malone has said.

Malone, who was at the time addressing Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly said a total of 562 completed applications were received under the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme since its inception in 2018, and out of that amount, 447 met the eligibility criteria. 

“To date, 209 beneficiaries have been approved to receive housing assistance in the form of grants, low-interest loans, or social housing from funding provided by the government, and an additional 25 homes were repaired through a short-term programme sponsored by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” Malone said.

More than 90 per cent of $ committed

In the meantime, the Social Development Minister said that as at February 14, a total of $9,595,175.99 has been committed in home repair grants; representing 91 percent of the funds apportioned for this purpose.

He also said another $3 million was allocated for social housing and will be able to build some 23 homes.

“Further to that, six persons have been recommended for low-interest loans to be administered by the National Bank of the Virgin Islands at a total value of $460,000,” he said.

More Housing updates

Malone said that since May last year, 81 beneficiaries have been approved to receive assistance under the revised programme through direct engagement of contractors for materials and labour.

He informed the House of Assembly that in addition to the aforesaid statistics, his ministry provides temporary housing, building materials grants, and rent assistance to help meet the housing needs of qualifying households.

“With respect to temporary housing, the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA) assisted the ministry to provide support to several households that were displaced by the hurricanes of 2017,” he said.

According to Malone, the RDA’s total budget for temporary housing was $450,000, which represents $276,000 as government’s contribution and private donations in the sum of $174,000.

“A total of 11 beneficiaries received assistance through this temporary home initiative. Four beneficiaries received new temporary structures, while the remaining seven beneficiaries received upgrades to existing temporary homes,” the minister stated.

Grants

He also said that to expand and expedite government’s response to homeowners who were able to meet their own labour costs but needed help with building materials, funding was allotted for grants.

“To this end, a total of 40 applicants benefited from this initiative to the tune of $210,818.58 between November and December 2019. So far this year, 69 applicants have been approved at a total sum of $434,730.11. This allows us to provide immediate relief to affected households that could use a helping hand to purchase small quantities of building materials from local suppliers,” Malone said.

The programme was initiated to assist struggling homeowners to repair their homes following the 2017 disasters.

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  1. Strupes says:

    What to hundred y’all need get does number from after Irma from red cross and check up and see who still need help because it’s more than 200

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  2. ok NOW says:

    Lets hope its not political

  3. Have Mercy says:

    Folks what start wrong cannot end right. The picture that is being portrayed is so skewed it ain’t funny.

    May God have mercy on this country and its leaders.

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  4. hmm says:

    What about expats who lost everything???
    Some lose everything in their rented apartments but no one cares about them. Remember expats have kids born here so its not the expat that will benefit but the kids who are now locals because they born here

    • R U Serious??? says:

      … you shook my hand in your office over a year ago, assuring me that everything I produced with my application, including house plans and the government approved builder.
      Every I dotted, every T crossed…long passed through Finance and we’d get a call soon. NEVER DID HE, ONCE, EVER CALL ME OR RETURN MY CALLS!!! THIS MINISTRY LIED TO ME STRAIGHT FACED AS MS. B**** SHOWED ME AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT STRUCTURE….CLOSET SIZE…FOR MY HUSBAND AND I. (400 SQ F)
      YOU LIARS…YOU LIARS…YOU PATHETIC LIARS! GOD HELP THIS COUNTRY!

  5. R U Absolutely Serious?? says:

    …YOU STOOD IN YOUR OFFICE AND LIED STRAIGHT FACED TO ME!!!
    ALL YOUR ASSURITIES AND COMFORTING WORDS…..A FOOLS COMFORT. YOUVE DONE TOTALLY NOTHING WHAT YOU TOLD ME. NOTHING!!! YOU ARE THE BIGGEST L**NG H*****ITE I’VE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF MEETING. YOU SO SUCK.. GIVE ME SOMEONE WHO KEEPS THEIR WORD!
    AND YOU GET PAID TO L**!!!

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