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VG resident gets new home under housing recovery initiative

Virgin Gorda resident Judy-Ann Steven has expressed her gratitude to the government after she collected the keys to her new home on October 5.

Steven received assistance under the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme. She was able to receive a grant which helped in her rebuilding efforts after her house was severely damaged during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Social Development Minister Carvin Malone along with Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatley and Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Social Development, Greg Massicote, presented Steven with the keys to her new home.

Malone used the handover ceremony to express his satisfaction with the completion of the house.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Health & Social Development, I would like to say that we will continue to do whatever is necessary to get people into homes, get their homes repaired and rebuilt, and making sure that whatever the Government can do within means, that we can make the process as efficient as possible,” Malone stated.

Meanwhile, Wheatley said he was grateful that another house has been rebuilt for a resident in the hos constituency.

“It shows that no district is being left behind,” he stated.

“Since the hurricanes of 2017, we had so many homes destroyed. So many persons had to go to bed wondering or hoping it doesn’t rain,” the Virgin Gorda representative added.

Wheatley also asked for patience from residents as the government steps up its rebuilding efforts. He noted the process might be slow but it will happen in due time.

He used Steven, who had to wait three-and-a-half years for her new home, as an example of the benefits that come after the long wait.

The Housing Recovery Assistance Programme was implemented to assist homeowners in their rebuilding efforts after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Marie. The programme was done in accordance with provisions in the Virgin Islands Housing Recovery Policy and Hurricane Irma Recovery Plan.


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  1. Nice says:

    So one person got help amongst the hundreds that need it. Well done!! Who is she related to?

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  2. Branson says:

    Just wonderful.Now this is not to bash anyone,But why y’all not helping the young man save his home that NB have forsale also?I heard that his house was destroyed in Irma also.

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  3. Wonderful says:

    This is good news for the new home owner. BUT it would have been helpful too if expat who worked and contributed here get a home too many of them roof went and not a bed sheet was given to them to cover their kids from the mosquitoes. Locals were even given domes expat could not get this either because they had no land here to put it on. Remember help came for everyone not locals alone.

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    • Elsa says:

      When you migrate to a different country, you have to look at a number of things and not just work, but how you will survive in the event of a disaster. I don’t think I can move to Jamaica on a work permit and get help if I am displaced for some reason, nor can I move to the US and receive special assistance as a work permit holder.

      Keep trying, you will receive help because the BVI is unique unlike any other places.

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      • My view says:

        If a disaster hit Jamaica or the Great zuSS and you wete there and get caught up from this disaster ..sista you will get some help medical team will be out there helping everyone affected soup kitchen would be there to assist and many other volunteers agency too. Remember more than half of the BVI are or were expats.

  4. oh my says:

    VIP controlled districts alone

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  5. Give Praise says:

    I feel good for this Lady she been through allot but always remains humble and faithful I’m happy for the virgin gorda community as well to see something has finally been done and some new family will be happy it shows that you or me could be next yes me I’ve been waiting just about the same time too so yea I’m humbled and waiting patiently

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