The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) was established in the year 2005 and functions under the provisions of Act No. 24 of 2005. The Corporation is mandated by the Act to "Provide affordable shelter and associated community facilities for low and middle income persons." This is the first mandate of the HDC.
The HDC is founded on the belief that decent, safe and attractive housing is central to the physical and emotional health, productivity and self-esteem of the people it serves.
The catchment group was outrageously extended by the former administration to include persons earning up to $45,000.00 per month. This has now been rectified so all applicants who fall into the target group of low to middle income earners under $25,000.00 per month will now benefit from a better chance of being selected for a HDC home.
In achieving its mandate the HDC has its qualifying criteria set to ensure those with a genuine need gain access to homes. In this regard applicants must not own or have interest in another property and live in the HDC unit when successfully acquired. However, persons who earn close to $45,000.00 are likely to already own a home or not desire to live in a HDC community.
The wild and baseless allegation by Dr. Roodal Moonilal to unmask a sitting Cabinet Minister who bought a HDC house in cash seems to be a cheap and desperate attempt to appear to the public as Opposition Leader material.
This "hot air balloon" allegation was deflated by HDC CEO Jerlene John in a letter responding to a request for information by Minister Marlene McDonald based on this allegation in a newspaper article on November 17th 2015. The letter efficiently dated on the same day as the request highlighted that after examination of the files there is no sitting Cabinet Minister who owns a HDC home.
The government revisiting the income ceiling from $45,000.00 to $25,000.00 is the first in a series of actions geared at restoration of our institutions and re-engineering strategies toward people centered development initiatives.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has outlined the need for the private sector to play its role in meeting the demand for housing. Dr. Rowley also assured the population that the HDC's drive will continue to be aggressively building affordable homes for those who need it most.
The People's National Movement will continue to be committed to good governance and carrying out the mandate of the people, in the best interest of progress for all our citizens.
Public Relations Officer