Sixty-three families of the Laplaine Constituency displaced by Hurricane Maria now have their own homes.
They received commitment letters at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 1st.
The Laplaine housing project consists of two buildings with 33 residential units each. Each building has 9 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units, and 4 three-bedroom units.
Hon Parliamentary Representative for the Laplaine Constituency, Petter Saint Jean was proud to announce that the residents owe nothing on their new homes.
He said, “Your new homes come to you as a gift. A gift paid for in full without any charge by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Labour Party Administration.”
The Hon Prime Minister who is also Housing and Finance Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says his Party has always been about elevating people in an impactful way.
“Anytime there has been any major impact on the lives of the citizens of Dominica, the Labour Party has been at the steering wheel and always been focused on people and their upliftment,” he believes.
“It’s not about tearing down and destruction but always building up, molding people and making them better than who they were. Taking them from one level to the next,” Hon Skerrit shared.
Project Manager, Christopher Timmins of Montreal Management Consultants Ltd assured said that this and all other housing projects are climate resilient structures designed to withstand hurricanes and seismic forces.
They are built with reinforced concrete and roofing and feature impact resistant and hurricane-proof windows.
He says more than 400 local workers were engaged on that project and that new residents should be able to move in within two weeks.
Timmins reported, “We are in the final stages of commissioning of some systems like ventilation and fire alarms etc. DOMLEC is in the process of bringing in a new power supply which entails a complete upgrade of infrastructure in the village. We hope that within two weeks, the first residents of the first building will be moving in to their new homes very quickly followed by the residents of the second building.”
These 63 families join those of Castle Bruce, Georgetown and Bellevue Chopin who recently got keys and some, commitment letters for new homes.
Seven major housing developments are part of the Housing Dominica Project.
The Laplaine apartments is one of the seven but comprises five for the east coast alone.
All of this made possible by the Government in partnership with Montreal Management Consultants Ltd, NH International, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
386 apartments in total have been handed over so far.