The demand for housing in Barbados continues to be tremendous.
This was the remark of Housing Officer with the Urban Development Commission, Timothy Small, even as he handed over the keys to two new properties in Eckstein Village, St. Michael this afternoon.
Recipient of one of the two three-bedroom houses, Susan Greenidge said she previously occupied a home at the bottom of 1st Avenue Long Gap where there was a large hole in her backyard and where water would puddle each time it rained.
“It was washing away all of the limestone, so there was nothing that could be done there,” she said, adding that she had lived at her previous location for 16 years.
She said she, her four children and two grandchildren would move into the new house, hopefully very soon.
Second recipient Cheryl Gordon was overjoyed with her new home, which she will share with three other relatives.
She said she was moving from conditions where her home, which was originally supposed to be moved, was deteriorating and where she still had to use a pit-toilet as bathroom facilities.
“It is like a dream come true. I was really in need of a home. It was a while waiting, but it is worth the wait and I am truly grateful and I do thank God… This is new start,” said the Westbury Road woman.
Even as she celebrated her new fortune, Small noted that all the lots around the two homes were already destined for families in need. Cases like Gordon’s and Greenidge, he added were becoming more the norm, as the UDC’s staff were continually inundated with calls for lodgings.
“I am a research officer and I am the first one to meet the clients and I will tell you that they bombard you. Some people call you three and four times a day and it is very desperate out there. I think Urban is doing a good job and I think that we are all there to help people, but the demand is far greater than the areas.
“We don’t have any land; we have to wait until land is allocated for National Housing… Most of the cases are people whose houses are bad and the thing is we look at costing. If it is going to cost a certain amount of money to repair a house, it is better to build a new one that is cost effective,” he stated. (LB)