House lots for Lombard Street fire victims

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─ CH&PA holds housing lottery for squatters of Lombard Street

─ aims to continue support for relocated families

─ to commence homeowners’ sensitisation next month

─ 20 families relocated to Prospect, EBD

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, March 17, 2019

Residents of the Lombard Street squatting area are the beneficiaries of a housing lottery hosted by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Saturday morning.

The eager residents, including the six families of the recent fire on Lombard Street, were given the opportunity to select their house lots numbers by drawing their names from a bag. Some of the families will be relocated to Prospect (East Bank of Demerara) and others to Cummings Lodge (East Coast of Demerara).

According to Deputy Director of Community Development attached to CH&PA, Donnel Bess-Bascom, in the first phase, “20 families will be relocated to Prospect, and the remaining families will be relocated to Cummings Lodge.” She also indicated that the families affected by the fire will be given priority and will automatically be among the 20 families who will be relocated to Prospect.

The Deputy-Director said the CH&PA will address infrastructural developments such as roads, drainage and bridges among others in the areas selected.

It was disclosed that CH&PA officials are scheduled to visit the new land site at Prospect, as early as next week to evaluate with the hope of commencing construction by April. The cost of the project is $43M and will be executed by the CH&PA in collaboration with the NGO Food for the Poor.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities, with the responsibility of Housing, Valarie Adams-Yearwood was also present at the event which was held at Ketley Primary School. She reiterated CH&PA’s commitment to the upgrade and development of the lives of the Lombard Street residents. She further disclosed that approval was granted to begin infrastructural works in Cummings Lodge.

Within the new week, officials from CH&PA will be sensitising the new homeowners on homeownership, payment of taxes, and the proper maintenance of their lots.

Ayana George

Images: Jules Gibson