The community of Silver Lake is to become a model for other communities in Dominica when improvements to housing in the area are completed.
The Government of Dominica on Tuesday October 8, 2013 launched the Silver Lake Housing Initiative at a ceremony in the heart of the community.
The Silver Lake Housing Initiative is a continuation of government’s drive to improve the living conditions of all Dominicans.
The $1-million project is done through the Ministry of Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.
At the ceremony, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, declared that Silver Lake is no longer a forgotten community to be looked down upon by others.
He said the government will continue to give Silver Lake the attention it needs. The Prime Minister has confidently stated that in spite of opposition, government will not change course until poverty is completely eradicated in Dominica. Prime Minister Skerrit has maintained that under his stewardship, state funds will be utilized to develop the lives of the people of Dominica in particular the less fortunate.
Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South Constituency which includes Silver Lake, Ambrose George, described the launching as a historic day and a day for which the people of Silver Lake must be proud.
George, who has ministerial responsibility for Constituency Empowerment, views Silver Lake as a special area and said that improvements in housing will make a significant change in the lives of the people.
Minister for Housing, Reginald Austrie, said that when he first visited Silver Lake three years ago, he became emotional when he viewed first-hand the conditions in which residents were living.
Austrie said that with the guidance of Prime Minister Skerrit, the cabinet took the decision to improve not only the living conditions but also the general social well being of the people of Silver Lake. He called on the contractor of the project to ensure that a first class product is delivered for which the people of Silver Lake can be proud. While Minister Austrie has confidence that the contractor will do good work, he has, however, advised that his ministry will provide strict and daily supervision to ensure that the project is of a high standard.
Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria Shillingford, described the launching of the Silver lake Housing Initiative as a joyous occasion as better and improved living conditions for the people would soon be a reality.
Shillingford stated that this initiative “demonstrates government’s commitment to transforming the community of Silver Lake into one which will be a model to replicate in other parts of Dominica.” She called on residents to be a watchdog for the project and for them to get involved and participate in whatever way possible.
The first phase of the Silver Lake Housing Initiative is expected to be completed by January 2014.
This will see the construction of a three story six apartment complex.
The apartments will be distributed to the people of Silver Lake at no cost to them.