Lombard street residents to occupy Prospect Homes this month

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Twenty Broad/Lombard Street families will move into their brand-new homes at Prospect, East Bank Demerara before the end of this month

In July of this year, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) in collaboration with Food for the Poor Guyana Incorporated (FFTP), commenced the first phase of a relocation project, turning the sod for the construction of twenty 2-bedroom 20×16 homes for the families.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities, with responsibility for Housing, Annette Ferguson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CH&PA, Lelon Saul turned the sod for the project.

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Minister within the Ministry of Communities Annette Ferguson and CH&PA’s CEO Lelon Saul with beneficiaries back in July

On Monday last, CH&PA’s Director of Community Development, Gladwin Charles explained that “20 houses have been completed. We are working on the electrical installation and other finishing touches.”

The homes received 59 percent funding from the CH&PA, while FFTP Guyana contributed 41 percent. The beneficiaries were required to oversee the installation of electricity and water to their homes and prepare the space for septic tanks.

The Broad/Lombard Street project began in July 2017 when residents were required to relocate following a court order by the Gonsalves company. The government immediately stepped in to bring relief to residents. Six families that lost their homes to fire in March this year were placed on the priority list.

While 20 families will be housed in the Prospect community, another 31 will be facilitated at Cummings Lodge, East Coast of Demerara.

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