- Written by LK Hewlett,
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Team Unity administration has announced its first official distribution of government built houses.
Minister of Human Settlement Eugene Hamilton made the revelation on Wednesday (April 20) during the Prime Minister’s press conference that eighty-four units will be handed over to citizens within the next two weeks.
“Next week we will be distributing eighty four units; nineteen will be in Lodge/Ottleys, twenty-seven will be at Green Acres in Halfway Tree, twenty-eight in Pine Gardens, six in Buckleys, and six at Taylors Village. Those will be distributed in the next week or two and there have been events planned to properly document and show to the public the transparency in the distribution of those houses,” he said.
The government, in office for just over one year, has been heavily criticized for not distributing houses built under the previous administration. Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas weighed in on the situation.
“Look at the situation with regard to hundreds of houses that we have built which have been sitting closed up for fourteen months and not yet distributed to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis for whom they were built,” he told WINN FM.
Hamilton says however that his government is taking its time when it comes to the national housing policy. He said for some months now a committee has been working on a housing report that will soon go before Cabinet.
“The Ministry takes responsibility of conducting its housing policy very seriously and rather than approaching it in an ad hoc fashion, we have employed a committee, working for some months now, producing a paper which is way advanced and certainly will be before the Cabinet within a very short period of time. By next week when we deliver the houses I might be able to say more on that.
“That policy document will guide the overall housing and human settlement program of the government through this term and I guess into the next term,” he said.
The minister said he hopes the citizenry will continue to support the government as it seeks to provide quality housing for those not fortunate enough to be able to build on their own.