Minister: 180,000 still awaiting HDC homes

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 17:30

As the Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) dis­trib­uted new homes to 244 fam­i­lies yes­ter­day, Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon said this was a small fig­ure com­pared to the 180,000 ap­pli­cants in its data­base.

“That’s just a small drop in the ocean com­pared to the 180,000 per­sons who are wait­ing for units. You are not con­sid­er­ing your­selves lucky, but con­sid­er your­selves in a good po­si­tion this morn­ing,” Dil­lon told re­cip­i­ents at a dis­tri­b­u­tion cer­e­mo­ny in Cy­press Hills, San Fer­nan­do.


Keys were dis­trib­uted for homes in Cy­press Hills, San Fer­nan­do; Buen In­ten­to, Princes Town; Cashew Gar­dens, Carlsen Fields; River­side North, Ste Madeleine and Eden Gar­dens, Freeport.

Dil­lon re­vealed that be­tween 2015-2019, the HDC dis­trib­uted ap­prox­i­mate­ly 3,600 hous­ing units. With one year un­til gen­er­al elec­tions, there is a plan to dis­trib­ute a fur­ther 1600 hous­ing units, bring­ing the num­ber of homes dis­trib­uted by this Gov­ern­ment to around 6000.

How­ev­er, he said it was chal­leng­ing for the HDC as some of its ten­ants are delin­quent on their mort­gages and rental pay­ments.  

Through an agree­ment with the Mort­gage Fi­nance Com­pa­ny (TTMF),  home­own­ers can ac­cess mort­gages at in­ter­est rates of 2 per cent and 5 per cent. In 2018, over 1200 fam­i­lies were able to ac­cessTTMF loans.

Over the years, sev­er­al HDC hous­ing de­vel­op­ments have de­vel­oped a stig­ma for dis­or­der­ly be­hav­iour. How­ev­er, Dil­lon told the new home­own­ers that they were re­spon­si­ble for set­ting their com­mu­ni­ty’s stan­dards.

He said, “In Cy­press, for in­stance, they have al­ready set the stan­dard. When you are dri­ving, you see pris­tine. I have not seen any piece of cloth­ing hang­ing on any ban­nis­ter.

I have not seen a sneak­er hang­ing up on any line since I drove in­to this com­pound If the new home­own­ers come in­to the com­pound and de­cide to let their chil­dren throw their sneak­ers over the elec­tric­i­ty line or hang their clothes on the ban­nis­ters and so on, what you are do­ing is bring­ing down the val­ue of your prop­er­ty .”

He added: “If the new home­own­ers sug­gest that they will al­low their chil­dren to go on the stair­well and smoke this and smoke that or gam­ble on the stair­well or make noise on the stair­well. If you al­low your, neigh­bours to play the mu­sic too loud with­out com­plain­ing, you al­low them to bring down your prop­er­ty.”

Reporter: Kevon Felmine