Homeowner, Ms. Bernerdean Brazier and her family have received the keys to a brand new home as part of the Government of the Virgin Islands Housing Recovery Assistance Progarmme
Ms Brazier who was previously displaced by the hurricanes of 2017 received the keys to her new home during a short handover ceremony on Thursday October 13.
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn said the initiative of delivering social homes is important to persons who may not have the means to build homes from the ground up. Honourable Penn said "this is something that I was a part of in 2018 when I was minister and I am happy to see the support for deserving families materialize."
“We are excited for this opportunity to hand over this home and many more to come in the coming weeks and months. It is a good initiative and it is one that we will continue to fund in the next budget cycle to bring more relief and support to persons in need,” Honourable Penn stated.
“I am very happy I really appreciate the Government doing this for me. We have our own home and I thank God and everyone who did it for us. I really appreciate it,” an elated Ms. Brazier said.
The home was built by Lawrence Wheatley Construction and is located in Greenland Tortola.
A total of 18 social homes have been built while over 200 homes have been repaired since the commencement of the programme. Currently, nine social home projects are at various stages of the public tendering process with two more new constructions scheduled to be completed by next month for homeowners on Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of the Virgin Islands.