Newly Built Homes In Newtown
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
January 21, 2010 (CUOPM)
The governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has recommitted itself to make the creation of home ownership a priority in the new five-year term.
The Labour Party, which is seeking a renewal of its mandate with the people of St. Kitts and Nevis next Monday January 25th, has built over 4,000 homes over the past 14 years.
The latest statistics indicate that the Labour Party Administration of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas built and facilitated the construction of 4,053 homes between July 1995 and December 2009. This is compared to the 251 homes built by the former Peoples Action Movement (PAM) of The Right Hon. Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds.
The Labour Party built homes through the National Housing Corporation (NHC) programmes in 44 new locations and 16 existing locations, a total of 60 locations compared to 16 locations by the former PAM Administration.
The quality of the homes built and provided to nationals and their families is also important in the provision of a comfortable residence.
New areas where homes were built by the Labour Administration are in St. Christopher 1, Pond’s Pasture, Pond’s Estate, Taylors, Gillard, New Town and New Road; St. Christopher 2, Dorset, Pine Gardens, Mc Knight and Boone Avenue and Lockhart Street; St. Christopher 3, La Guerite, Buckleys, Shadwell, Trafalgar, Bay View, Camps, West Farm, The Abbots, and Garveys; St. Christopher 4, Challenges, Green Tree, Verchilds, Conyers, Middle Island, Con Phipps and Harry Phipps.
Other new areas where homes were built by the Labour Administration since 1995 are St. Christopher 5, Fig tree; Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay, Parsons, Pogson, Lavington, Saddlers and Harris; St. Christopher 7, Belle Vue, Mansion, Christ Church, Phillips’ Upper Bourryeaux, Lodge Village and Ottley’s; St. Christopher 8, Ottley’s, Keys and St. Peters.
The Labour Administration in line with several National Housing Corporation (NHC)-sponsored programmes built 159 homes in St. Christopher 1; 250 homes in St. Christopher 2; 223 homes in St. Christopher 3; 191 homes in St. Christopher 4; 116 homes in St. Christopher 5; 342 homes in St. Christopher 6; 352 homes in St. Christopher 7 and 384 homes in St. Christopher 8, a total of 2,017. With the assistance of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, 2,036 homes were built, for a total of 4,053. It must be pointed out that this 4,053 does not include private homes built by individuals on their own or with financing from other financial institutions.
The Labour Party in its 2010 Manifesto said it understands the far-reaching benefits of home ownership and the dramatic difference that owning a home can make in a person’s life.
“When Labour creates a new homeowner, it opens, for that person, doors to bank loans,wealth accumulation, business opportunities, social progress, social status, economicsecurity and inter-generational economic security,” it said.
The Labour Party reiterated that it knows that when someone acquires a home for the firsttime, “control an asset whose value increases from year to year; are freed from the un-ending obligation to pay rent can not look forward to the day when rent nor mortgage payments will be necessary and will have these newly freed funds for investments or other purposes.”
The Labour Government’s mechanisms for expanded home ownership include the Special Land Initiative, the National Housing Corporation and the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Labour is continuing to provide additional lands, additional homes, additional assets, additional security’ and real economic power, to the people of the federation,” said the manifesto.
The incumbent Labour Government said it is offering tax relief to commercial banks that ease credit terms to first-time minimum wage purchasers, but an EC$10 million standby facility is being established at the Development Bank in case this offer is not accepted.