Category: Housing

Sion Hill fire victims relocated: Hinkson

The family of eight whose Brathwaite’s Gap, Sion Hill, St James home was burned on Friday now have a new place of abode. The family has received assistance from Member of Parliament for St James North, Edmund Hinkson, and Lucille Baird, the priest in charge of the Mount Zion’s International Inc. The confirmation came from […]

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Residents urged to take hurricane preparedness seriously

Barbadians are once again being urged to take hurricane preparedness seriously and to start their preparations for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season early. This warning has come from the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), which says locals should take note of the increased activity in the region in 2017 and predictions of an above average […]

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Govt using NHC to win votes, claims Symmonds

Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds is accusing the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government of disregarding the dire economic situation facing the country by using financially struggling statutory agencies in its ploy to secure votes. Speaking in Parliament Tuesday, Symmonds made particular reference to the National Housing Corporation (NHC) – said to […]

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Strange trend of mothers throwing out daughters, says PM

The state agency charged with providing Barbadians with affordable housing is having difficulty coping with the high demand, according to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Stuart told Parliament Tuesday when the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) took office in 2008 there were about 28,000 outstanding applications for homes at the National Housing Corporation (NHC). And while he […]

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Kellman: NHC understands value of productivity

The first in a series of seminars on productivity for staff at the National Housing Corporation (NHC) got under way Wednesday, with Housing Minister Denis Kellman acknowledging that the NHC understood the importance of embracing concepts and attitudes of productivity and would continue to do so. Speaking at the Baobab Tower, where the nine seminars […]

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Kellman defends ‘enemies of the state’ comment

The legal fraternity is being accused of conflict of interest in its criticism of Minister of Housing Denis Kellman in connection with the Hyatt Centric controversy. Kellman Tuesday lashed out at the Bar Association, which had earlier strongly criticized the minister, who had recently described those opposed to the hotel project on Bay Street, The City […]

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Bourne thankful

After several years of living in deplorable conditions and pleading with authorities for a new dwelling, Marlene Bourne, 58, is the proud owner of a new place to call home. Minister of Social Care and Constituency Empowerment Steve Blackett Tuesday morning handed Bourne the keys to a brand new three-bedroom house, which was provided under the Implementation […]

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Gittens rescued

The 88-year-old woman who Tuesday was thrown onto the street when marshals, armed with a court order, tore down her house at Kendal Hill, Christ Church, has found a temporary home. The National Assistance Board (NAB) has come to the rescue of Edmunda Gittens and her mentally challenged son, NAB Chairman David Durant has revealed. Durant […]

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Forced out

A St George family is Thursday looking for a place to call home after a court order to demolish their home. The Gibbons family in Workman’s, St George watched helplessly as court marshals pulled down one of the two wooden structures they have called home for the last 27 years. The other structure has not yet […]

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Blame ‘Dem’ for sub-human living – Forde

Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde Tuesday charged that the Freundel Stuart Government was to blame for the sub-human conditions many Barbadians were living in. Speaking in the House of Assembly during debate on a resolution for the compulsory acquisition of land at Brighton, St George for the public purpose of housing, the Opposition […]

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Not me!

A heap of blame was hurled across the floor of Parliament Tuesday morning, as members debated a resolution for the acquisition of just over 2.9 hectares of land in St George. Leading off the debate, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman dismissed charges by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) that the Freundel Stuart led […]

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Govt’s HELP programme not helped by unoccupied houses

The high number of unoccupied houses across Barbados have almost doubled in the past decade, negatively impacting Government’s efforts to expand its housing programme, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said Friday. Speaking at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre where the process to amend the Physical Development Plan was launched, Stuart disclosed that such buildings had jumped […]

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Opposition to probe NHC appointments

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is pledging to leave no stone unturned in an investigation into 89 recent appointments at the National Housing Corporation (NHC). While welcoming the appointments, Shadow Minister of Housing Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic told Barbados TODAY Monday afternoon the BLP was seeking to ensure that no protocols were breached and there […]

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Govt to fund new house insurance scheme

Close to 1,000 Barbadian homeowners are in line to benefit from a new house insurance scheme to be launched by Government by mid-December. Addressing the Democratic Labour Party’s weekly luncheon Friday at party headquarters, Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett unveiled plans for  Project Protect, which he said would initially be […]

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Durant to Brooks: Let daddy stay with you

Take in your father! That was the advice from Chairman of the National Assistance Board (NAB) Senator David Durant to Lenora Brooks, the daughter of centenarian Clement Whitstanley Holdipp, who lives next door in a termite-infested, wobbly shack that threatens to collapse at any moment. Holdipp’s plight was highlighted in the September 9 edition of […]

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Scantlebury gets new home

The senior citizen whose house collapsed on Friday, September 9 now has a place to call home. Sixty-seven-year-old Maureen Scantlebury received keys to a two bedroom wood and wall house from the Urban Development Commission (UDC) last Wednesday, five days after her dilapidated house at Seaman Village, Brittons Hill, St Michael went tumbling down. Scantlebury, […]

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Kellman against merger of UDC, NHC and RDC

Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman Monday made clear his opposition to a merger of the National Housing Corporation (NHC), the Urban Development Commission (UDC) and the Rural Development Commission (RDC). Speaking to Barbados TODAY Monday morning on the sidelines of a meeting of the Social Partnership at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), Kellman made […]

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