CH&PA commences housing project verification process

– first batch to be approved by August

– first stage of eligibility assessment commenced

– 123 verification completed in Sophia

– 536 applications received for Core Homes

– 1,342 applications received for Home Improvement Subsidy

DPI, Guyana, Friday, March 15, 2019

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has commenced the verification process for persons who have applied for their own home or home improvements, through the recent Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme.

The application process for the Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme commenced on November 1, 2018 and concluded on February 1, 2019. The initiative provided beneficiaries with the opportunity to acquire their own home and improve their living conditions.

Deputy Director of Community Development attached to CH&PA, Donnel Bess-Bascom

Deputy Director of Community Development attached to CH&PA, Donnel Bess-Bascom said that a total of 536 applications were received for the Core Homes and 1,342 for the Home Improvement Subsidy after several outreaches to various communities were conducted.

“Presently, our staff are engaging in the next stage of the application process, which has to do with the verification. During this phase, we visit the homes of the eligible persons to collect additional data for those households. We would have completed to date 123 of those verifications in the Sophia area and this will be ongoing.”

Bess-Bascom explained that there are several stages of prioritisation that will be required. For example, if an applicant passed the first and second stages of eligibility, then they will be able to proceed to the next stage that deals with ranking.

“After we rank persons in comparison with others, they will be scored on every question that was answered and every verifiable indicator also and then ranked in comparison with other applicants. After that, we would give the intervention to the most critical cases and persons scoring the highest points,” Bess-Bascom clarified.

According to the Deputy-Director, the first approved batch of applicants will be selected by August, and following the ranking process, the applications will be put before a committee for approval along with a prepared individual profile of each applicant.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the verification process goes smoothly throughout every selected community. We are aiming for the first batch to be selected by August.”

Ayana George

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