The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, the Penelope Beckles, presented keys to nineteen recipients under the Ministry’s Housing and Village Improvement Programme (HVIP).
At a distribution ceremony held at the Mt. Hope/Mt. Lambert Community Centre, on Wednesday 7th October, recipients from various areas of northern Trinidad proudly collected keys to their new homes in the communities of St. Joseph, Matura, Valencia, Cumuto, Talparo, Sangre Grande and other areas.
The Housing and Village Improvement Programme targets villages with neglected infrastructure and poor-quality housing, many of which are located in rural and peri-urban areas.
The HVIP also offers employment opportunities to small contractors within the communities and surrounding areas to keep construction cost down to $120,000 per starter unit.
The Programme is now in its fourth Phase and to date has positively impacted the lives of 199 families across 13 communities. It has also and created employment opportunities for some 1,140 individuals.