Displaced Families to Receive Housing Assistance


Housing Minister, Reginald Austrie

This year the Chinese Government will be assisting Dominica in relocating families who were displaced as a result of natural disasters.

Housing Minister Reginald Austrie, has said that Government Information a number of families from the community of San Sauveur will benefit from the assistance this year.

The Minister said residents of Mahaut who were affected by last year’s Tropical Storm Ophelia will also be given some housing assistance.

He said, “In Mahaut after tropical Storm Ophelia a number of people had to be displaced because they were right there in the course of the river, we are also seeking to identify the lands with the assistance from the Chinese Government.

“In fact the Chinese technicians are presently on Island looking at the sites and looking at the logistics so we can start on this project early in the New Year.”

Meanwhile, a housing project earmarked for the Cotton Hill area in Lagoon will also get off the ground this year.

The Minister said further that there has been some movement on identifying a suitable location within the Cotton Hill Estate to erect the housing project.

He says the Ministry is hoping that somewhere in the next couple of months they will have a document that they can take to Cabinet to decide on a way forward for the housing for the people of Lagoon. This project is still very much on the cards and they are hoping that sometime this year we will see some movement on that project.

As far as land settlement and land distribution is concerned, the Minister says Government is looking to grant access to farm lands in the Rosalie and Delices areas.

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