Government has contracted Wesley Penn of Accurate Construction to build nine homes under its Housing Recovery Assistance Programme.
A media release from government said Penn’s company was awarded the contract after what is being called a ‘competitive tender process’ conducted by Development Alternatives Incorporated.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Health and Social Development sanctioned the initiative.
Meanwhile, government has also acquired building supplies for their housing programme, which is aiming to repair up to 30 homes in the territory.
“The Housing Recovery Assistance Programme functions in accordance with the Virgin Islands Housing Recovery Policy and Hurricane Irma Housing Recovery Plan 2017 to 2019,” government said.
The programme targets residents who were left most vulnerable after the hurricanes.
Persons interested in the programme must apply by May 31, government said.
The total number of houses reported damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Irma stood at 4,240 up to the end of September. That is according to a report presented by the Department of Disaster Management and the National Emergency Operations Centre.
The report further said roughly 22.5 percent of the territory’s population was displaced when Hurricane Irma hit.
The 2010 Population and Housing Census Report said the territory has a population of 28,054.
Persons can obtain applications for housing recovery assistance at the Old Peebles Hospital, the Social Development Department across from the Red Cross building in Road Town, or the District Offices on the sister islands.
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