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Three more social homes set to be built this year

Three more homes are set to be built this year by the Social Development Ministry under the Housing Recovery and Assistance Programme.

According to the ministry, 30 social homes have been built since the programme’s inception — 19 on Tortola, four on Virgin Gorda, six in Jost Van Dyke, and one in Anegada. Approximately 202 homes have also been repaired to date.

“We are getting ready to hand over a new home to a beneficiary on Main Street,” Social Development Minister Vincent Wheatley said in an invited comment to BVI News. “This should happen within the next two weeks. This social home is included in the count above.”

Wheatley also mentioned that there is an ongoing project in Jost Van Dyke, expected to be completed in one and a half months.

“Based on available funds, we have a total of three homes remaining. One was sent to the Ministry of Finance to be publicly tendered, one is currently going through the approval process at the Town & Country Planning Department, and the last one is in the design phase,” the minister added.

In a press release dated June 5, a house was given to Gladyet Walters, a resident of North Sound, Virgin Gorda.

The Housing Recovery and Assistance Programme was implemented in 2018 to aid families or individuals who lost their homes or whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Irma back in 2017.



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  1. Real Simple says:

    Housing estates should be built instead. If these residents are destitute, how are they expected to maintain the expenses of these new homes?

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  2. Consider! says:

    It would be nice if the inside of the homes are shown also.

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  3. Jane says:

    These homes are:

    * not built with hurricane strength windows
    *not built with hurricane shutters
    *not built with renewable energy (PV panels)
    * not built with solar water heaters

    This is a very short-sighted approach. Why are we not constructing buildings to suit the environmental realities we live in?

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  4. Lisa says:

    Is this house flood proof? Can it withstand a hurricane?. I don’t see any hurricane shutters. It’s nice that you are building houses but can they withstand the climate or are they are just sunshine houses? Are they fire proof?

    Thank you

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