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Minister of State in the Ministry of Water and Housing, Everald Warmington, has said that the Ministry has designed ‘Starter Home Units’, as a means of providing affordable housing for low income families.
Making his presentation in the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, yesterday (July 8), Mr. Warmington informed that the homes are detached stand-alone 270 square feet studio units, “with a provision for future expansion.”
“Many working families want to own a home but are unable to do so because of the price of houses available on the market. The ‘Starter Home’ concept is somewhat similar to the Site and Service Development of the 1970s, but goes much further,” the State Minister explained.
He noted that the units would have a kitchenette, bathroom, sleeping area, and a living/dining area. “There is also provision for future expansion through the addition of a bedroom, living room and patio,” he added, noting that enough land space would be provided to accommodate this type of expansion.
Mr. Warmington said the units, which are conventional construction of block and steel, are estimated to cost $778,800.00 when constructed by contractors, and $562,000.00 when there is sweat equity from beneficiaries. “These units can be provided to needy constituents through our Constituency Development Funds,” he suggested.
On another matter, the State Minister apologised to the people of Venezuela for the delay in placing the residents of Old Harbour Bay, who were victims of Hurricane Ivan, in the houses which the Venezuelans provided as a gift to the Government for the victims.
“It has been four years since Hurricane Ivan, yet these houses are not occupied, due to the incomplete infrastructure. Every effort is now being made to have the project completed and the houses occupied within the next few months,” Mr. Warmington informed.