A special handing-over ceremony to celebrate that milestone was held on Tuesday, June 10 at Mocha, Fond Saint Jacques.
The MHRP began in January 2011 in response to damage done to several homes in that community by Hurricane Tomas in October 2010.
In 2012, the government handed over 11 homes constructed under this project. The aim was to build 28 new houses.
The project is a joint venture between the government and the Pinnacle Trust and is implemented through the National Reconstruction and Development Unit within the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, and headed by Mrs Elizabeth Charles-Soomer. That unit was established following Hurricane Tomas in January 2011 to coordinate the overall national reconstruction effort.
To date, the Government of Saint Lucia has contributed $3.4 million towards this project, according to Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
“… the wait has seemed inordinately long. At last, it is over,” the prime minister said at the completion ceremony on Tuesday, adding that the project has brought an immense joy and pride.
“Today, this new residential subdivision at Mocha confirms the resilience of the people of Fond St. Jacques. I am sure these 27 new homes must be the envy of many in the community. I know too that they do not represent the total extent of those in need,” he stated.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, a special moment of silence was held for the individuals who lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Tomas.
Special gratitude was extended to Charles-Soomer, the Pinnacle Trust and the team at the National Reconstruction and Development Unit for their efforts in making the project become a reality.
While Tuesday saw the symbolic handing-over ceremony, many of the homes have already been occupied. Some are already being extended by their owners.
The support provided by government for this project include the provision of the land, subdivision and building design services, surveying and oversight services, and the installation of some of the infrastructure, the prime minister said.
The prime minister advised residents and families who have benefited from the project to “take full advantage of this opportunity of owning your own home. You now have secure tenure. Use this as a platform to improve the quality of your life and that of your children. Take care of your homes and surroundings in a responsible manner.”