The government, through the Ministry of Communities, will be developing nine new housing schemes in 2019 based on its promise to ensure the delivery of a “community experience.”

Three recreational areas, the consolidation of 18 existing areas, installation of electricity in eight areas, completion of 450 housing units and full house subsidies in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo region and preparation of spatial plans for several municipalities, also form part of the Ministry’s work programme for next year.  
Additionally, in keeping with the local government agenda which emphasizes the primacy of local government, a number of housing schemes will be transferred to their respective local organs for their effective management and development.

Over the past three years, the APNU+AFC administration has spent over a $1 Billion on consolidating the schemes ‘developed’ by the former administration at Zeelugt Phase Two and Three, West Minster, Perseverance, Hope/Experiment, Kilcoy/Chesney, Amelia’s Ward, and Linden to name a few.
Cognizant of the failure of this approach, the Communities Ministry has noted that the current administration has tailored its housing policy to the provision of affordable housing solutions, in addition to the option of serviced lots, for low-income earners, state employees, and youths. This model the Ministry said, is expected to see an occupancy rate of 100 percent.

The Ministry said that while the former administration had embarked on a ‘turn-key’ initiative under its “1000 Homes Programme,” it was overshadowed by the construction of a number of defective houses that had to be rectified by this administration.


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