A Home for the Holidays: Five families receive core homes

Tandasey O’Neil (right) receives the keys to her new home from Minister of Housing and Water, Hon. Collin Crola (center), in the presence of Deputy Director of Community Development, Mrs. Donell Bess-Bascom (left).

Within the AHUAP framework, Minister Croal highlighted that more than 75 homes have already been handed over. In Region Three alone, nearly $1.2 billion was expended toward home construction, essential infrastructure like roads, drainage networks, and street lights, and the disbursement of Home Improvement Subsidies. Moreover, plans were unveiled for rehabilitating a community ground and constructing a multipurpose facility in the region. Simultaneously, over $60 million has been utilized so far on the East Bank of Demerara for Core Home construction and the distribution of Home Improvement Subsidies.

One of Friday’s beneficiaries, Mr. Burton Kelly, expressed his gratitude, stating that the new home is a significant upgrade from the small wooden makeshift dwelling he once occupied.

“Today is a new phase in my life. I am so thankful,” Mr. Kelly said as he expressed his appreciation to the Government and IDB.

Ms. Candase Wrights, a mother of five, shared her joy at being able to provide a better home for her family. Coming from humble beginnings, she spoke of the relief from the financial burden of rent.

“This would be a big step that you don’t have to worry about this part anymore, about rent paying and you gon’ have current so that the children could study more effectively at night,” she said.

Another beneficiary, Ms. Tandasey O’Neil, described the home as a true Christmas miracle.

“It’s a Christmas present, it came just in time for Christmas and it’s really a blessing…I have three biological children and it will be very nice for us to have our own home and one of the best things about it is that it’s debt-free,” said Ms. O’Neil.

The AHUAP boundary encompasses, the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing Development in Region Three, Georgetown to Grove on the East Bank of Demerara, Region Four; from Georgetown to La Bonne Intention and nineteen other select communities up to Victoria on the East Coast of Demerara, Region Four.