Tuesday 30, October 2012 – The elderly and indigent will be the beneficiaries of a government-led home improvement project which will be implemented through the office of the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE).
“NICE is excited about this undertaking which will target senior citizens as well as the disadvantaged whose homes are in need of repair,” notes Perry Thomas, coordinator of the program.
“The aim of the National Home Improvement Project is two-fold,” he explains. “First, we want to ensure more comfortable living conditions for older persons who live independently, and second, we would like to provide some level of employment to residents within the respective communities who are experienced in the area of construction.”
A quantity surveyor is currently conducting evaluations on homes already identified throughout the island to determine the extent of the repairs on each. In cases where the improvements are minimal, building materials may be provided to the residents to assist with upgrades.
Thomas assures that all homes under the project will be move-in ready in time for the Christmas holidays.
The National Home Improvement Project is the latest in a series of programs designed by government to stimulate the economy through the establishment of short, medium and long-term employment opportunities for Saint Lucians.
NICE operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister and can be contacted on [email protected]ovt.lc or 468 2177. For more information, please visit www.nicejobs.govt.lc