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Contact: Amanda-Faye Clarke


Thursday, December 3, 2009  The government of Saint Lucia, in its effort towards improving the quality of housing in depressed communities island-wide, is conducting the relocation of households from the Conway community.


Officials of the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal and Local Government formally handed over two newly constructed wall houses, to two residents of Conway in the community of  Paye Perdi, Garrand, quarter of Babonneau, on Wednesday.


Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal, Mr. Blaize Nickson, says the event signifies government’s determination to provide affordable housing to Saint Lucians, while at the same time enhancing the socio-economic landscape of Castries.


“The handover of the two residential core units to the beneficiaries is not an isolated and independent deliverable, but one which emanates from the parent shelter development program of the ministry—specifically its core unit construction component project tied to the Conway Relocation Project Phase 2B.”


Mr. Nickson says the Ministry of Urban Renewal will intensify its action plan to speedily commence similar projects in the Faux-a-Chaud, Wilton’s Yard, George Charles Boulevard and Marchand communities.


“The strategic objective of the Shelter Development Program is to initiate a process that will systematically improve the shelter conditions of the low-income households, and improve the overall quality of life within these households by facilitating greater access to affordable housing credit and  service lots. Indeed the project's objective is to upgrade the facilities of squatters,” Nickson said.


To date, the Ministry of Urban Renewal has identified four resettlement sites, namely, Monchy, Fond Manger, Morne D’or and Garrand.

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