Speaking to reporters at the Housing Development Corporation’s (HDC) Agostini Building, South Quay after the 21st week of distributing keys to 100 homes, Moonilal said the current policy had been in place for about a decade and that it was time to look at the housing needs of various groups such as the differently-abled, persons whose life has been threatened for inclusion into the policy.
“I think re-looking at the policy might be useful to provide for greater structural and institutional support for various groups out there. That is the intention of a review of the housing policy,” he said.
In his feature address at the handing out of keys, Moonilal said Government has been satisfying the Cabinet-approved National Housing Allocation Policy 2008, which allows for 60 percent of housing to be distributed by random draw, 25 percent by ministerial discretion, ten percent by protective services, and five percent for senior citizens and the physically challenged.
He also said there would be a special key distribution ceremony in August for members of the Fire Service as they had not benefited from the housing programme as much as other members of the Protective Services.
Moonilal also said there were approximately 160,000 persons still in the system, and while Government could not build that many homes, the housing programme projects another 3,955 housing units in the next 12 - 24 months around the country.
He told the audience that the Government’s vision was for each citizen to own his or her own home.