37 Families Receive Starter Homes in Time for Christmas

Tacarigua, December 21, 2023

On Tuesday 19th December, 2023, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and its agency, the Land Settlement Agency (LSA), hosted a key distribution ceremony at the Head Office of the Land Settlement Agency, Tacarigua, where thirty (37) families received keys to new housing units under the Ministry’s Housing and Village Improvement Programme (HVIP).

Constructed at a total cost of approximately TT$6.3M, the 37 units are located in San Juan/Laventille, Tunapuna/Piarco, Sangre Grande, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Princes Town, San Fernando, and Point Fortin.

In delivering the Feature Address at the event, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Housing and Urban Development lauded the efficient delivery of these new starter homes saying, “I am delighted to share that each of these starter homes was delivered within budget—a testament to the efficient management and fiscal responsibility exercised throughout the process. This achievement underscores our commitment to transparency and accountability in utilizing public funds.”

The Minister also highlighted the Programme’s focus on utilising expertise from community-based contractors, “Additionally, I want to highlight the concerted effort made to engage small to medium contractors (SMEs) from within the communities to complete these projects. This was not a mere goal; it became a reality, as our collaboration with local contractors played a pivotal role in bringing these homes to fruition. It speaks volumes about the empowerment of our communities and the generation of local employment opportunities.

Since the start of the programme in 2018, the LSA has overseen the construction of approximately five hundred and sixty-seven (567) starter units all across Trinidad, as well as development works and upgrades, such as road and drainage works in communities without.

Also in attendance at the event were the Honourable Adrian Leonce, Minister in the Ministry of Housing & Urban Development Mrs. Shanmatee Singh Ng Sang, Permanent Secretary (Ag.) Ministry of Housing and Urban Development; Mr. Wayne Inniss, Chairman of the Land Settlement Committee, LSA; Mr. Hazar Hosein, CEO, LSA and Management and staff of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Land Settlement Agency.