The National Housing Corporation (NHC) has a long list of persons waiting to be housed, with over 30 000 applications currently before the state-run agency.
This was revealed today by Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Peter Phillips, who said the majority of applications were made during the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) term in office
“There are some 30 000 applications still to be dealt with regarding the housing situation in Barbados. We would have to cry shame [because] that is absolutely unacceptable and any Government that has allowed that to happen should definitely have a failing grade as far as this housing situation is concerned,” said Phillips during debate on a Resolution for the Vesting of Land in Cluffs, St Lucy.
“So with this Resolution coming before us this morning and with this new administration coming into office we pledge that we will pay a lot of attention to the housing needs of the people of Barbados because it is absolutely important.”
Phillips said for the NHC to service the needs of the people, the agency would need all of the monies owed to it and called on those owing to pay their debts.
“We have a lot of persons that owe the NHC lots of rent and this to some extent has hamstrung the Government…If you owe the NHC and you refuse to pay, you are preventing that organization from carrying out its work and expanding and providing more solutions for persons across this country,” Phillips said.
The Minister in the Transport Ministry said Government needed to find a way to deal with those that refused to pay.