2,005 applications processed under CH&PA housing programme

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has approved more than 75 percent of the applications it received under its Home Improvement Subsidy and Core Homes Support project.

The Authority’s Deputy Director of Community Development, Donell Bess-Bascom, disclosed on Tuesday that 2,005 applications were received f0r 2019. Of this amount, 1,551 were approved, with 1,112 for the Home Improvement Subsidy and 439 for Core Homes Support.

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CH&PA’s Deputy Director of Community Development, Donell Bess-Bascom.

Bess-Bascom said the verification process was still underway nationwide and would end in early 2020.

Speaking about Sophia were the initiative was rolled out she said they were near the completion of the beneficiary selection process.

“They were 618 applications received from Sophia alone, with 87 becoming eligible for Core Homes Support and 456 for the Home Improvement Subsidy.”

Bess-Bascom noted that the process required verification visits to every applicant and an eligibility assessment before they could be ranked as one of the most vulnerable cases.

“Persons can look forward to receiving information from CH&PA about which household they fall into, we are committed to this project and to ensuring we abolish destitution,” she said.

The programme covers areas in Georgetown; Industry to La Bonne Intention on the East Coast of Demerara; Eccles to Diamond/Grove on the East Bank of Demerara; and La Parfaite Harmonie in Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).

Eligible applicants for the Core Homes Support will receive a 400 square feet flat concrete building valued at $4M, with a down payment of $100,000 towards the construction. Those applying for the Home Improvement Subsidy receive a grant of $500,000 in materials.

The CH&PA/IDB collaboration was launched in November 2018 and looks to boost the standard of living of families with housing needs.

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