Three hundred (300) individuals including families, who were scheduled to receive allocation packages and keys at public Housing Distribution Ceremonies scheduled for March and April, will still receive their allocation packages (and keys) individually and at scheduled times.
This new measure is necessary as the country seeks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Instead of hosting public distribution events, these new homeowners will be invited to visit the HDC’s offices at determined times to finalise all documents. These distributions will be coordinated in strict adherence to the health and safety guidelines established by the Ministry of Health. All HDC staff scheduled to interact with the new homeowners, will also adhere to the guidelines.
The three hundred (300) individuals and families will receive packages for homes at Pleasantville; Riverside, Corinth; Harmony Hall; Hubertstown, Lake View,Point Fortin; Carlsen Field and Buen Intento, Princes Town.
HDC Managing Director Brent Lyons said, “we at the HDC believe that we can still conduct our core business while being safe and responsible and adhering to the guidelines established by the Government and the Ministry of Health. This is why we have decided to continue our assessment interviews and allocation exercises, albeit in modified and simpler ways so that low and middle income citizens can still have access to affordable housing opportunities.”
On Friday, the HDC issued a statement advising clients that they should only visit the HDC’s offices once they have been contacted for their pre-allocation assessment or other related services. Clients who traditionally visit the HDC’s offices to pay monthly rentals and mortgages are urged to visit any Sure Pay payment centre to conduct this transaction.
The HDC will continue to monitor and assess the situation and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that we minimise the spreading of COVID-19 while still fulfilling our core mandate.
Since January 2020, the HDC has held monthly Housing Distribution Ceremonies. The first for the year was held at Trestrail, D’abadie where one hundred and twenty (120) families and individuals received allocation packages. February’s ceremony was held at Mahogany Court, Mt Hope where one hundred and fifty-eight (158) families and individuals received packages for homes in various communities located in East and Central Trinidad.