Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit handed over nearly forty-five built homes under the Housing Recovery Project. The ceremony was held on Wednesday, 25 January 2023.
Dominica’s Government constructed nearly 114 homes under the Housing Recovery Project, while 151 other houses are still under construction.
The new homes are located in the West Coast area of Dominica, and the motive of the Dominica government to build these houses is to provide shelter to the people who lost their houses during the time of Hurricane Maria, and have been suffering since then.
The families who received the keys to their new homes seemed really delighted. PM Skerrit reiterated that the Government would continue to build climate-resilient homes for people and ensure that each person in Dominica has their own home.
PM Skerrit stated in his speech, “We have been putting our words into action, and we are changing the lives of families and giving them a chance to live with dignity in their own homes.”
On Wednesday, 45 beneficiaries received keys to their new homes under the Housing Recovery Project. This brings the total number of houses constructed under the HRP by loans and grants contributions from the World Bank to 114. Additional 151 homes are also under construction. pic.twitter.com/xSsiBmwac2
— Roosevelt Skerrit (@SkerritR) January 26, 2023
Furthermore, he said, “it never gets old seeing the joy on the faces of the people, knowing that the government have assigned them their place, where they can feel safe.”
The Dominica government will reconstruct around 420 homes under EC$110 million loans, and the world bank will grant them the required funds. The applicants will be authorised for the scheme in which they will get full financial and technical assistance from the Government during construction.
The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Melissa Skerrit, said the Housing Recovery Project (HRP) reflects the commitment of the Dominica Government. She said the Government promised to give citizens safe and comfortable homes for people and their families.
Melissa Skerrit also added that these new homes would give many benefits, like a comfortable environment and a safer place from storms.
The Government of Dominica is doing a lot in order to reduce the risk and prepare communities for the future. But there are still a lot of things which need to be looked upon by the Government.