Six families displaced by Silver Lake fire receive keys to new homes

Residents of Silver Lake were affected by a major blaze on Boxing Day, 2016

Minister for Housing, Reginald Austrie, has announced that six of the 18 families affected by a major fire that occurred in Silver Lake on Boxing Day last year, will be receiving the keys to their brand new two-bedroom homes.

The handing over of the keys will take place later on Friday.

Austrie said that despite issues faced by the administration, phase two of a housing development  in the area has come in “quick time.”

“We thought we would have been ready in February, but right now we are in fact ready and we are ready to hand over the keys to these families in a simple ceremony at 4 o’ clock in the Silver Lake area,” he said.

He added that this phase two completion is in keeping with the government’s mandate to resettle these families as quickly as possible.

He stated that the government has set a goal for all displaced families of the fire incident to be resettled into their new homes by August 2017.

“Phase two was completed at a cost of some $1.2-million, and like I said, it will be housing six of those families. The other twelve, we are hoping that by the end of August, when we complete phase three, we will be able to house the additional twelve families,” he said.

As described by Austrie, phase three is a three-story complex that costs $1.2- million and is already 40 percent completed.

He noted that these efforts are a “remarkable feat” by the government as it have done a lot over the past five months.

“In less than five months, we have been able to fulfill part of our commitment to residents of Silver Lake, and come August, eight months later, all the families will be settled in their brand new homes and will unite with their families after being separated because of the fire for over nine months,” he said.

He proclaimed that this is “good news” not only for the residents of Silver Lake but for the people of Dominica by extension.

“This is good news not only for the residents of Silver Lake but for the people of Dominica and the government in that they continue to show, as they have done in the past, that we are true to our word and we are committed to taking care of the needs of the less fortunate and the vulnerable in our society,” Austrie remarked.

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  1. skerrit 4eva
    May 12, 2017

    :roll: :roll:

  2. May 12, 2017

    Wow that’s great and wonderful news tell me that the PM don’t care about us that really do cares

  3. Johnnie Boy
    May 12, 2017

    There was a sewo and big ceremony at the ground breaking , now another Sewo to hand over only six apartments , and there will be another Sewo when the other 12 apartments will be handed over in August . Well . well, well every little thing is sewo .

  4. May 12, 2017

    Nice. The government continues to provide support to the vulnerable ones in our society. This is a great start for those who were so severely affected by that blaze. Proud of my government!

  5. yes papa
    May 12, 2017

    When it’s good, say it good.

  6. Tell dem I Say
    May 12, 2017

    Government helping people in need is a government of God

  7. May 12, 2017

    Big to the man Reggie, making things happen.

  8. Hope
    May 12, 2017

    Wonderful! Everyone needs a place to rest their heads after a hard day’s work, everyone needs a home! just wonderful!

  9. missy
    May 12, 2017

    Politics and stupidness tarish pit pple must burn down so they will get keys too..WE WANT WORK..sustainable WORK..susay pon..

  10. May 12, 2017

    Good Pm he has a very good heart

  11. analy thomas
    May 12, 2017

    I have nothing to do with the political aspect; however i am very pleased with the homeless receiving support from the Government. Now that you have been blessed with a home, please go on your knees together and thank God. Give him the credit and praises and Glory for what you have gotten. He gives and takes.

  12. May 12, 2017

    Great news. A government that cares!

    • Mwen Sav
      May 12, 2017

      I know right. I need to go and beg for one – tired of paying rent; tired of earning my keep

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