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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – The National Housing Corporation (NHC), says its latest housing development in Vieux-Fort is consistent with government's policy of providing affordable housing particularly for first time property owners, civil servants and those who are of humble means.


The Saint Jude’s East Gardens Housing Project in La Retraite Vieux-Fort will see the first phase providing some 112 units for purchase.


“This development will be a development that we have not seen in Saint Lucia. It will be a community altogether where we will be having all amenities. There is provision for a church, a school, playing field, courts etc. Also lots of commercials entities will be part of this development, so all in all, it will be an extension to the Vieux-Fort town. When you come to this community, you will be able to find everything that you need in a community—not just residential units.”


Chairman of the NHC Michael Flood, says the initiative has been met with great enthusiasm, underscoring the need for housing developments in the south.


“Over the last 2 to 21/2 years, government has concentrated on providing affordable land and house packages, and land for Saint Lucians, because I am sure you will realise over the last ten to twelve years there has been no major housing project in Saint Lucia and we believe there has been a dearth when it comes to providing affordable housing to Saint Lucians. Our offices are inundated with requests for land, and house and land packages, and as a result Minister for Housing Honourable Richard Frederick felt that the NHC had to obtain what we call a 'land bank'.”


The first phase of the 80 acre development should be delivered to the NHC in December 2008.

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