UPDATE: Silver Lake Housing Initiative launched

Present living conditions in  Silver Lake
Present living conditions in Silver Lake

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.

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151 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 1, 2013

    alu just trying something before election.the people not stupid no more.after 14 YEARS these poor people should be in their homes.for at least 10YEARS NOW so you PM YOU AND YOUR BUNCH OF MINISTERS stop fooling the poor.francis have shaken u all up. people take the houses and discard(vote them out).

  2. brentwood etienne
    October 11, 2013

    boi i hate to go in a lake. i fell dese AN BORD

    FROMbrent
    TO MELS
    FROM

  3. brentwood etienne
    October 10, 2013

    what

  4. yo
    October 10, 2013

    it is verry bad for PM to do the poor that

  5. Tim
    October 10, 2013

    What a diiference a stong oppostion makes- The Londonderry convention has pushed Skerrit to offer housing to Silver lake.

    • UDOHREADYET
      October 11, 2013

      It’s funny how the opposing people that aren’t actually sighing law or providing money and resources towards a project want to take credit for it because they complained about it… FYI only the doers can take credit for doing!

  6. Plan Dominque
    October 10, 2013

    Such an approach to the housing needs of poor and largely unemployed persons is not sustainable. Evidence all over the world to substantiate this statement. Maintenance cost of the building will be a major concern and nothing was said as to that need. Building likely to be a slum in quick time. Worse yet the units will be free to all hence the beneficiaries have no obligation to ensure that the property as a whole will be properly maintained.

    The preferred solution to their housing needs would be to provide them a starter home, sometimes referred to as a core house, which is expandable on a privately owned plot. Over time as household income increase the house is extended and the family has security of tenure. Also proper maintenance is more likely because of outright ownership. The Savarin-Skeritte Free-lab party AKA DLP, is simply on a role to undertake quick fix political projects with the hope of holding on to power. Dominicans will not fall for this, Plan Dominque.

  7. A Voice
    October 9, 2013

    Boss one thing eh, we Dominicans not easy. We really have a crab in a barrel mentality.

    Everyday all you there bawling the place don’t have work, people being laid off black and white, but all you vex the government providing free housing for the Fly City people?

    All you talking about all you tax money, but is it not better that Skerrit spending the country’s tax money on the country’s people? All you prefer he had given it to a foreign company such as he did with LIAT instead?

    Which one of all you is willing or able to hire these people so that they can be able to pay for the apartments? Have any of all you been to Fly City to see how these people have been living for years?

    We are all Dominicans man, when something good happens for a fellow Dominican it happens for all of us.

    There are times to play politics and bash the PM, when he deserves it, but be glad for the people man. At least their standard of living is being improved just a little bit and this is a reflection on all of us on a whole.

  8. rass
    October 9, 2013

    After reading all these comments I come to one conclusion, labour vs uwp. if the ruling party was in the opposition everyone would be singing a different song. Let’s be patriots and not political junkies.

  9. Sabz
    October 9, 2013

    Do its a problem, don’t do its a problem. Smh

  10. Maxwell
    October 9, 2013

    Apartments are bad, why not just give the people nice homes with some land, this will end poverty by giving people access to capital that can be used for business, education and other investments, Do you think people buy new boats and cars with Jobs?
    Wrong, Apartments don’t keep the economy going. Apartments are just another problem that will have to be addressed later, They don’t improve lives because people don’t own them and over time will look bad. Dominica is a good investment, over time people who own land and homes will become wealthy, if you don’t empower the poor now, foreigners will buy Dominica and lock out the poor, so why not let the people benefit from rising property values.

  11. Neg Mawon
    October 9, 2013

    Election in the air…Joshua have them runnin!!

  12. zero
    October 9, 2013

    Where is my friend ROSEAU VALLEY? I mean Mr.DNO

  13. Doc. Love
    October 9, 2013

    The people of Silver Lake must extend a special thank you to Mr.Joshua Francis. He spent a little time speaking to the people of Silver Lakes, the news reached Ambrose and after thirteen years of a DLP Government, they will be the recipients of free housing. Remember, the building of the school in New Town by the DLP Government since the time of Miss Williams years ago, well, Mr. Francis met the people of New Town recently, I understood the building of that school is back on track. Giraudel your turn is next.

    • Kris
      October 9, 2013

      My goodness, so you think one conversation by Joshua Francis would get plans, planning approval, estimates and the like done in 2 days???? UWP propaganda at its best!

      • Bogoroy
        October 10, 2013

        :-D

    • Negbawi
      October 9, 2013

      I heard he spoke to the devil about you…I have no idea what is next

    • Attitude
      October 9, 2013

      Do your homework to find out how long that project has been in the making, and tell me what Joshua had to do with it…..bear in mind too, that Joshua is blue because blue approached him first. So, from his comment, he seem to be one who is not sure about himself and where he stands.

  14. Yessss
    October 9, 2013

    Such Housing projects fail all over the world. You don,t build apartments and place poor people in them. All types of social ills will take over and the structure will become rundown. Who will pay the maintenance cost? Who will pay the utility bills. These people will be forever be dependant on government. They should have been given assistance to develop their homes.

    • Tikie
      October 9, 2013

      I agree with your comment, Apartments are bad, why not just give the people nice homes with some land, this will end poverty by giving people access to capital that can be used for business, education and other investments, Apartments are just another problem that will have to be addressed later, Dominica is a good investment, so why not let the people benefit from it, its ok to invest in the poor.

    • Mahaut
      October 9, 2013

      Although I agree with you, I would say that housign projects of this type is never meant for someone to live, but rather as a stepping stone to move unto bigger and better things. The rent that they should pay, shoudl go towards the upkeep of the project…

      Also, you cannot give everyone a home, but an apratment complex for the same cost as a home, cn house several families.

  15. ki moun
    October 9, 2013

    why shuld we praise a government for doing wrk that they are elected to do….any government in power must build infrastructure is a must…stop post nonsense like dat and hv the outside world view us as stupid as our comments!!

    • UDOHREADYET
      October 11, 2013

      you should praise people and give credit where it is due because all in all… nobody actually has to do anything! rule #1 Si bon dis bon!
      hater UDOHREADYET!

  16. October 9, 2013

    “Roosevelt Skerrit declared that “Silver Lake is no longer a forgotten community” to be looked down upon by others.

    WHY WAS SILVER LAKE A FORGOTTEN COMMUNITY IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    It is with HOPE that this project reaches its completion, and that the residence of that community participate and appreciate it to the fullest.

  17. Anonymous
    October 9, 2013

    MAMA 2 Months to build a 3 story house…what a miracle and that hous going to serves 6 families..what about the rest of silver lake? When will all political parties learn that giving out these petty donations not going to help noone in the long run. Help people to help themselves.

  18. van
    October 9, 2013

    Prime Minister is Minister of Finance. I take it he elected himself to that post hoping his actions when it comes to spending cannot be questioned

  19. Jay
    October 9, 2013

    I just have one thing to say.

    With people getting everything free from Govt. where is the incentive to help themselves and truly lift them out of poverty?

    • hello
      October 9, 2013

      So should they live like pigs in the interim? All of you who have are not taking the initiative to help these people and you all are bashing the Government? Shame on Dominicans, I thought you guys had a heart. I’m glad the Government are looking after these people.

  20. kunoo mounoo
    October 9, 2013

    1 million dollars to upgrade silver lake is great so that means if he didnt build that big white house for his partner he could have revived 27 villages in dominica,maybe then i would vote him,but not now,too show tooo flam

    • Informant
      October 9, 2013

      Why can’t you be positive? This move will help out at least 6 families and make their living conditions better. God be praised for that.

    • Negbawi
      October 9, 2013

      Even that getting you vex

  21. babalene
    October 9, 2013

    But Silver Lake not on a old landfill nuh and loose material – so how Planning going to approve that – any soil test etc was done nuh- well papa always say plitical expediency knows no law. The doctrine of necessity hahaha.

    • octo
      October 9, 2013

      Sorry, Silver is not and was not a Landfill. The Land fill was situated at the Copthall/Fond Canie junction and as a result there was a lot of flies in the Silver Lake community hence it earned the name ‘Fly City.’ The Dump/Landfill was later moved on the order of Henry George who at the time was acting Prime Minister. Miss Charles fumed. When she asked him on whose authority did he move the dump, he replied, “on the authority of the constituents of the Roseau Vallet constituency.

  22. kimrah
    October 9, 2013

    silver lake need help it about time

  23. October 9, 2013

    Our government should know how to invest to develop Dominica giving free houses this is not development for a country,the government should allow these folks to make payments while they be living in the houses afordable payments,develop countries doesn’t give free houses they allow them to make affordable payments,our country will never develop .

    • FAST AND FURIOUS
      October 9, 2013

      If a fee was levied,you would be singing a different song by asking where are the people getting money to pay for the appartments.

    • St. Joe Massive
      October 9, 2013

      Just like the people of Bath Estate did years ago

  24. Diaspora
    October 9, 2013

    I am very happy that Mr Skerrit has finally accept my project proposal for Silver Lake;; after he gave me my mepwis on a podium at a function. Yes Mr Skerrit time will tell. You must implement the other projects too. Silver Lake people need help and I am happy for them. I am waiting to see if Dubique, Tarish Pit, Yam Piece Woodford Hill and the rest will be addressed too. I am watching.

  25. I'mWondering
    October 9, 2013

    It is the government’s right and duty to create affordable housing etc for persons who are disadvantaged. It’s just an issue of human rights and dignity for all people.

    My question is, does Dominica have a Poverty Reduction Strategy? Or even a Poverty Reduction Act? What policies and guidelines are guiding these initiatives?

    Are there grassroots organisers advocating and monitoring these initiatives?

    I am all for the enhancement of human life esp the disadvantaged and I do believe that it IS the govt’s responsibility to protect and provide for the less fortunate. However, I am curious as to the plans behind these actions and how they are to be properly implemented?

    • true dominican
      October 9, 2013

      ever heard of the millenium develpoment goals?????

  26. Sense
    October 9, 2013

    Why is it that DLP is appluding themselves for doing the very thing that they were elected to do?
    OH! I see , they just wanted to win elections and seat do nothing to improve the lives of the poeple.
    The DLP does not have a good enough Team to take Dominica to the level of our caribbean neighbors.
    It is time to remove those inept politicians.

    • FAST AND FURIOUS
      October 9, 2013

      And when they do,you all critise!Jealous set of unworthless people you all are.

    • hello
      October 9, 2013

      I think this is NONSENSE. DLP did more than UWP. DLP has made Dominica rise above their neighbors we are far better off. Dominicans who bash the government are jealous and dont want good for the country.

  27. 2 Cents
    October 9, 2013

    That ws the same thing Skerro said when he promised in August that he will employ 500 people by the end of September. Lobourites I want you to tell me where are the jobs??
    It is the responsibility of all Dominicans to hold the elected people to their words and have them explain to us everytime these careless words come ot of their mouth.
    Shame on all those who know that Skerro is talikng from both sides of his mouth and seat by him in silence.

    • octo
      October 9, 2013

      He only said that by the end of September he was hoping to announce the creation of these job if the negotiations he was having bore fruit. (my words)

  28. DIABLO
    October 9, 2013

    funny thing is they started to do better on their own with no help from the government.

    now pm wanna take credit for 6 apartments costing 1 million lol

    who needs who right now?
    they dont need him, but he can leave the million for the people and watch more than 6 apartments rise

    • Informant
      October 9, 2013

      So they 6 houses should not be built? Do we think of what we say? If people do better for themselves that is indeed a wonderful thing, but does that mean we should not help them get even better?

  29. Nudibranch
    October 9, 2013

    Will this mean buried utility wires, and LED solar powered street lighting?
    Or does your vision for “model community” only extend to a quick fix clean up, pave the roads and gimme your votes.

  30. Mr. C
    October 9, 2013

    500 jobs comin….apartments at fly city……that day will come when DLP loose…Nuff of dem cutting vary will cry for days…..But dem pple tired fool poor people…wake up Dominicans…..

  31. 2 CuTe
    October 9, 2013

    Great Job PM ! Who vex lost !

    • time to go
      October 9, 2013

      who vex nuh :mrgreen: :mrgreen: tell ur pm we waiting on the 500 jobs..i have my bills to pay :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  32. Mr. C
    October 9, 2013

    But wt a thng…..Money cumin out from hats for votes….But I would luv to see them loose eh…..But honestly they fraid…hahahhah…

  33. Nomination committe
    October 9, 2013

    DNO is this the only photo you could find. You have the capability of posting photos minutes after the occurrence.

    Your reporters did not attend the ceremony and have recent photos.

    DNO your motive is very clear, the government has a ground breaking ceremony to construct a modern apartment complex and DNO is presenting the present condition.

    DNO you need to show professionalism.

    • One Love
      October 9, 2013

      YOU WROTE ………… “the government has a ground breaking ceremony to construct a modern apartment complex and DNO is presenting the present condition”

      What should DNO show – THE COMPLETED BUILDING?

    • Malgraysa
      October 9, 2013

      We don’t need DNO for that. We have GIS to spread the gospel that everything is rosy in Dominica.

  34. makeit
    October 9, 2013

    way papapa look giveaway olaaaayyy! I putting my red shirt today to see if I get a stove or a fridge .some plywood paint .hahahah election coming!! everyday should be like that ! full up my house for me :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  35. Anonymous
    October 9, 2013

    And thus it shall be that the poor will remain poor….who will pay the bills for them? And by the way we are focusing on Koudmen this independence so put them people to work; let them take ownership in their homes.

    The PM certainly DOES NOT LOVE THE POOR!! If he did he would either give them jobs or create avenues for them to get jobs instead. Shame on you sir!!!!

    • St. Joe Massive
      October 9, 2013

      good suggestion

  36. no name
    October 9, 2013

    election, election, election

  37. Alethea Annica
    October 9, 2013

    Skerrit at it again!
    With all the dilapidated houses across Dominica, how many apartments can Skerrit build and give away Free of charge?
    $1MILLION contract to Felix Thomas, Ambrose compaign manager, without TENDER after a Procurement Bill was passed. Did anyone see this project open for tender?
    Do you know how many low income houses $1 million can build if managed properly? Are the recipients going to sit on their backsides while an apartment building is constructed for them or are they going to at least give free labor?
    Very dangerous initiative Skerrit because people all over the island need housing and to believe this is the way to go is total madness.

  38. nike
    October 9, 2013

    That looks long overdue, but government should build them quality homes instead of apartments, Dominica is going to be a place of rising property values, and new homes for the people will give them access to capital that can be used to improve there lives, business, education etc. Apartments are bad deal.

  39. AP
    October 9, 2013

    I just don’t get it. Dominica is truly becoming a welfare state… The government begs foreign governments for money…. and then gives it away to the people. So you can squat on someone’s land for 10-20 years, and then you get a free house/apt?! Wow, what a lesson for the hardworking folks! Way to go!

    I just don’t see how you can build a nation and encourage people to expect everything for nothing… no cost at all! What message is that sending to especially the young folks? Soon enough, you all will have the whole Caribbean squatting on Dominica…

    I don’t care how poor these people are, but they should pay something for these apartments… $100, $200, $300/month… something! Are they gonna will it to their kids, too? This kinda stuff encourages laziness… simply put! So gov’t gonna pay their cable, phone and water bills too? And cell phone maybe.

  40. vexness
    October 8, 2013

    After they get apartment all they need is a little rattion …once a week….is that the next level…

  41. FIRE........FIRE....
    October 8, 2013

    MAMMA PLEASE STAY IN LINE, STAY FOCUS, SHEARING TIME…. DON’T WORRY WHAT THEY SAY, ASK FOR STOVE BIG CYLINDER AND FRIDGE…SAY PRAISE GOD…THANK YOU… A LITTLE IS BETTER THAN NONE…

  42. Tdot
    October 8, 2013

    Yeah election close any fool can tell wow!

  43. tsk tsk tsk
    October 8, 2013

    It’s the government DUTY to help the less privilege. I do not understand why many are clapping. It has been years since these citizens have been promised homes. Election fever???!!

    Who will be working on the project? Dominicans or Chinese? we need to know. The people do need jobs, they need to learn new skills and taken off the streets.

  44. jah know star.
    October 8, 2013

    Them man tired full all you dominicans we. Imagine hungry people screaming labour. Hehehe. I in that change is a must not an option ting because I cannot be hungry and still support labour. Awa.

    • BLUEVEX
      October 9, 2013

      you are sick jah know star. Labour not fooling they are deleaving what they promise. you haters have nothing to say all you blue vex. All what labour say they going to do they have done onlike uwp. staduim airport renovation roads housing revolution etc.
      labour power for another 5 years

      • Islandman
        October 9, 2013

        @BLUEVEX, learn to spell properly. People like you only confirms the illiteracy and incompetence that support this inept labour party government…

      • ki moun
        October 9, 2013

        ur such an hole “bluevex” :roll:

  45. Christian Marcel sr
    October 8, 2013

    Fine work Mr Skerrit, You are the best that Dominica has recieved in years. Keep up the good work Sir.

    • stupes
      October 8, 2013

      u is a fool 8-O 8-O 8-O

  46. Jimi Hendrix
    October 8, 2013

    Free housing is never a good thing. At the very least they should be required to invest some sweat equity into the project. They will be more likely to take care of the homes if they have invested something on it. Well intentioned, but a bad move all the same.
    They should use a variant of the Habitat for Humanity model. It works.

    • Brains and Beauty
      October 8, 2013

      They talk about education but they do not educate themselves on anything. The very basic person knows that it is easy come easy go. They should have some kind of investment in this project. Whether its free labour or paying a small amount monthly towards a fund that will accumulate to at least maintain the apartments or possibly contribute to building homes for others, the residents should give something. It is well needed. However, the other question that must be asked is: Are the apartments going to be given to those who most need them or to Potto Labourites?

    • queen bee
      October 9, 2013

      If Dominicans we thinking like you we would be better. They are addicted to hand outs

      • Just saying
        October 9, 2013

        There are more hand outs being given out in the UK and USA. Let the Govt. give what they can to the poor.

      • Nac Vibes
        October 9, 2013

        @Just saying, you have no idea what you are talking about.

        In the Uk you may have a council (Government) home but you still have to pay for it, as it is in the US and else where.

        Your government is doing this for the sole purpose of retaining power and nothing else.

        Are there only 6 needy families in that community, how can 6 apartments be considered a housing revolution,. If the whole community is so poor why have they been so poor in all the years this government has been in office.

        You people should remember, give a man a fish and you feed him for one meal, but give him fishing line, teach him how to catch fish and he will eat all the time and it will cost you less.

    • October 9, 2013

      Jimmi FREE is good especially if you are financially unable to support yourself and your family. It is up to the residents of that Village to show their interest in that project, they should be the first in line to participate in rebuilding their community. I agree that they should be employed since there are so many unemployed. I think these people MUST be allowed to participate in rebuilding their community.

      Jimmi, how is rebuilding a community a bad move? They do not need Habitat for Humanity because they have a contractor. Let us hope that the apartments are secure and safe, EVERY resident is housed, and the residents keep them up to standards, well maintained.

    • Just saying
      October 9, 2013

      Don’t forget all the free housing/food that you guys are getting in UK and USA. When Dominicans get it home it is to keep them poor. What rubbish.

      • Jimi Hendrix
        October 9, 2013

        Have you not seen the condition of people on social assistance in the US and UK? Is that what you are advocating for our people: a permanant lower class, who are dependent on government handouts?

        Surely you guys cannot be serious.

  47. then & now
    October 8, 2013

    when they moved in initially to Fly City who picked up the bill?

    • October 9, 2013

      Where is Fly City?

  48. Erasmus B. Black
    October 8, 2013

    It’s beginning to look a lot like an election. For, elections always spur erections, no pun intended. Some of the erections like the college and hotel are already completed or close to completion but the other erections are coming – hospital, dwelling houses, new toilets, schools, apartments, and the list goes on…

    • October 9, 2013

      Erasmus, something has to be done and they have to start somewhere. I think these are necessities, timing may be questionable, but who cares.

    • Malgraysa
      October 9, 2013

      So funny! You know in China they are calling erections “elections”!

  49. Asterix
    October 8, 2013

    Lennox Linton, Monel Williams and Joshua Francis are causing skerrit to suddenly cough up money to spend for Dominica State College, Silver Lake, and on LPO’s in Portsmouth and St. Joe.

    • Mels
      October 8, 2013

      I not even puting Lennox and Monel in that. All I saying is Joshua Francis, Joshua Francis, Joshua Francis. Let them work. Joshua Francis. Finally. Joshua Francis. Give the people of Silver Lake some dignity. Joshua Francis.

      • Asterix
        October 9, 2013

        I refer to Lennox because he was on the ground in Portsmouth and they ran down there and Monel have them working hard in St. Jo

    • October 9, 2013

      Asterix, good for them. I think the money was there all of the time, Skerrit was waiting for the right moment to put it to use. Wise move. At least IF Skerrit should lose the election he would be living the pot EMPTY so Lennox, Monel and Joshua would have to cough up their own.

      My opinion, if Skerrit has ulterior motives, at the very least he is trying to do the right thing with that money.

    • Just saying
      October 9, 2013

      Then that’s a good thing. The PM is doing what he was elected to do and there must be a viable oposition to keep him on track. If the arguement is that the PM is now doing this for election the same can be said of the oposition. The question now is who is the lesser evil? I guess the PM might stand.

      • Informant
        October 9, 2013

        Haven’t there been many other projects since the government has been in power. Even if you do not support the government, when it relates to infrastructural development especially in roads and housing, they have done a lot.

  50. brainn
    October 8, 2013

    you can see is a uwp page that…..negative alone…politics really putting a tention between our people…we are one family you all just prolonging….let the Government do their work for GOD shake…SMH

    • stupes
      October 8, 2013

      ur skerrit boi that causin all that problem in the place…. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  51. Anonymous
    October 8, 2013

    There are people that go to work every day bursting their tails to pay taxex to Skerit to use to give to people that sit on their tails and do nothing all day. That’s not right.

    • October 9, 2013

      Is tax money not for improvements wherever it is needed the most? You are NOT paying taxes to Skerrit.

    • Just saying
      October 9, 2013

      All shall eat. See what is going on in UK, USA and Canada. They are better off than us yet they do the same, that means that we are doing something good down here for the poor. I agree that now that we have feed, clothed and housed them, we must now find jobs for them that can make them self sufficient.

  52. October 8, 2013

    :mrgreen: they should pay something like $200. something free that’s not the way 1 million and rent free think again

    • Yes
      October 8, 2013

      Thats a good point.

  53. Frustrated
    October 8, 2013

    How can this government offord to give away so much money so often. Where are those income streams!!!

  54. ashamed Dominican
    October 8, 2013

    hello it is better to be late than not show up at all … silver lake ppl cannot afford house y do u think labour helping them out… put ur foot in our shoes….

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2013

      when was the last time u went to silver lake.go and see all the big house silver lake have

  55. monday
    October 8, 2013

    i need one more thing. people now a days ding

  56. stupes
    October 8, 2013

    ohh boi….i wish election was every two months…….sliver lake still votin the united workers party….all the way with joshua francis… :-D :-D :-D

    • Just saying
      October 9, 2013

      I guess u have made up their mind for them.

      • time to go
        October 9, 2013

        nope…our minds are alredy made up…..all the way with joshua francis :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2013

      all those years is MR.GEORGE we see.he will not be removed

  57. vote me
    October 8, 2013

    vote me please.

  58. Lol
    October 8, 2013

    This Goverment is second to none, what I do not understand is how our PM doing it. Opposition talking and not working our PM walking the talk and working. I can see a 19 to 2 or a 20 to 1 .

    • Channel 1
      October 8, 2013

      @Lol – I suspect you is mad people relative…….

      • ic
        October 9, 2013

        CHannel one, You appear to be the mad person…..you sound like one of the foolish persons making these remarks

    • Llama
      October 8, 2013

      More like a 21 to 0 tell workers the pm to replace Skerrit is not born yet. Labour Power

      • Mels
        October 8, 2013

        All you to ign’ant as my old lady friend would say. Skerrit learn on the job. Others cannot learn too.

      • stupes
        October 8, 2013

        labour has no power again :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • brainn
        October 9, 2013

        No my dear give them Salisbury,Marigot, MAYBE Laplain, MAYBE Carib Territory :mrgreen: we have to be realistic

    • Anonymous
      October 8, 2013

      You want to know what I see?

      Labour: Portsmouth, Cottage, Paix Bouche, Vielle Case, Grandbay, Ti Savane.

      Workers: The rest.

      So Labour: 6 Workers 15

      • Workers
        October 9, 2013

        I want them to loose but we have to be realistic, they will also take Caulihaut, Roseau N, S and Central.

      • brainn
        October 9, 2013

        There are more missing :lol: Massacre,Mahaut, Canefield, Soufriere, Wesly, Castle Bruce………..Etc. so wheel and come again. you all missed alot more. don’t forget that :lol: :-D

    • October 8, 2013

      LOL SHAME ON YOU YOU SING YOUR SUPER 15 YEARS IN POWER LABOUR PARTY IN POWER NOW THEY GOING AROUND TO FOOL THE PEOPLE AGAIN AND AGAIN WHEN WORKERS COME IN POWER THEY WILL DO THERE OWN. SHAME LABOUR 15 YEARS

  59. "O" STRESS"
    October 8, 2013

    Where there is no vision the people perish.LABORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • stupes
      October 8, 2013

      stop mk a fool of ur self……smfh….

    • Concerned
      October 9, 2013

      Please explain to me what is the vision. All what I can see is blurry!

      • no pain
        October 9, 2013

        The vision is clear . just that you are looking into the bitter cup of malice and besides the windows of your soul is being contaminated with the agents of bluite agonizing syndrome. Stop being negative and look at the brighter side.

  60. rat is with u
    October 8, 2013

    :wink: :twisted: :twisted: alu just trying something before election.the people not stupid no more.after 14 YEARS these poor people should be in their homes.for at least 10YEARS NOW so you PM YOU AND YOUR BUNCH OF MINISTERS stop fooling the poor.francis have shaken u all up. people take the houses and discard(vote them out). 8-O 8) :twisted:

  61. dog face
    October 8, 2013

    ayyy what de trial with alu

  62. October 8, 2013

    Hello and good afternoon my people. This is the first time I am hearing of Silver Lake and I don’t have any idea of where its located. It’s very sad to see that some of our citizens are still living in such poor conditions. I am certain that our Government owns land they can sell a house lot to those people for about five thousand dollars so they can build a house.

    • Papa Dom
      October 9, 2013

      The people who live there may not be able to pay for lots and build houses.

      • October 9, 2013

        Papa Dom.

        The Government should provide the lot and build detached homes for them. Then they should train them with entry level skills or a trade, ext , Auto Mechanic, Plumber. In that way they can find employment but if you just give thing to people then there isn’t any incentive for them to do better. We have a small population but we have a lot of open land to accommodate our citizens.

    • Just Saying.
      October 9, 2013

      Well if you don’t know of Silver Lake you should stay away from that conversation. Just compare the residents to the citizens in US and UK that get assistance from the Govt. where their housing, food, school et. are paid for by the Govt.

      • October 9, 2013

        Just Saying.

        Hello and good afternoon. I left Dominica in 1970 at the age of eight and I returned for the first time in 2010 therefore there are many places I don’t know. I have returned twice a year since then and I drove all over Dominica trying to enjoy my homeland so I really didn’t know where Silver Lake is located but I have since glean from different post where its located. Just by seeing the photos that’s attached to the article make he feel bad to see our people living in such condition which the article say goes Back to 1979 after the hurricane. We cannot compare the support America provides to their poor citizens to that of our people because America is a very rich and they provide training to their poor to get them of the welfare roll. We should train some of those people to be Auto Mechanics, Plumbers and Electricians so they can be self employed which would help move them from the poverty roll.

    • Malgraysa
      October 9, 2013

      Tony, don’t you read the Govt. is building apartnment for free? You know why that is? These people don’t even have money to pay their light bills, leave alone buy a 5,000 sq.ft. lot. You will see that place deteriorate as soon as the people move in. They will have no reposnibility for maintenance for a start and will the utility companies cut them off when they don’t pay their bills? What the Govt. should do is concentrate on creating jobs. That must be the first priority.

      • October 9, 2013

        Malgraysa.

        Hello and good afternoon to you. I read the article and I understand what it said. Maybe the Government should build six detached single family home for them because they will have a better attachment to their homes than an apartment building. Many of us know that any countries are moving away from such accommodations for the poor citizens. I do agree that the Government should concentrate on helping the private sector create living wage jobs and providing training for our citizens. The Government can start by removing the sole proprietor contracts that are preventing the private sector from expanding.

  63. time to go
    October 8, 2013

    yessss i…boi i wish election wuz every two months…….. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  64. Lougaoo Mem
    October 8, 2013

    Hail Mary full of grace, give us the wisdom and guide us as we navigate this coming election race.

    No longer shall we be fooled with gimmicks, empty promises, and the old cliché, “nous sort.”

    • Just Saying.
      October 9, 2013

      Is this what you look like? Sometime we are a replica of what we think.

    • me
      October 11, 2013

      Lougaoo praying to hail Mary. You can’t serve two masters at a time. Go away satan.

  65. paro
    October 8, 2013

    me self working for the government of dominica too long and I want my free house too I want my house for free bcuz most ah dem ppl just lazy and getting house for free… and then we the tax payers have to pick up the bill…. change really is a must

  66. Doc. Love
    October 8, 2013

    By the time Mr. Linton becomes Prime Minister, the treasury will be empty. Remember, take all they have to give it is your taxes but vote them out.

  67. meme
    October 8, 2013

    What is killing me with Skerrit!!! why wait during election time to rush and try and fix roads, school ete!!!you had all these years to fix all of that!!!You making it look so obvious that u trying to buy people votes :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • dominica is ours
      October 8, 2013

      @meme election is due in 2015 my dear ..so stop making them uwp no vision cloud your mind …………

    • Just Saying.
      October 9, 2013

      Are you in DA? Have you seen the transformation in our roads over the years? I bet you are another bias political suporter.

  68. Natural Living
    October 8, 2013

    Good project…but it must be at a cost to the people…as small as it can be…the “freeness” continues to enslave our people…please stop playing politics with our poor people…

    • dominica is ours
      October 8, 2013

      I support u with that ,we as a nation need to work for what we need and stop depending on help ,u need help ,help your self and I will help u ….you need the houses , yes but u have to pay….$1 ,,$50 ,,ect but some thing once u are not disable

      • Mels
        October 8, 2013

        You all don’t understand? Skerrit philosophy is starve them and then come and feed them. Then they will thank you for saving their lives. Since two elections ago, they went in homes in Silver Lake and other poverty stricken communities and Tony Astaphan said he never see poverty so and he was moved to tears. I guess those that were at the ground breaking today were moved to tears too.

    • Just Saying.
      October 9, 2013

      Are we all living in the same world? Dominica is part of the world for those of us who do not know. The super powers, UK, USA etc. provide housing, food, school and even money to people (like those who reside in Silver Lake and even in a better position) in their countries. There will always be the poor and it is the Govt. duty to assist them.

    • Anonymous
      October 9, 2013

      please give me a break, where the hell you want them people to get the money if they have no income and they are unemployed. WHEN UWP FINISH THEY SAYING DOMINICA POWER AND HAVE POVERTY. WHEN TH GOVERNMENT HELP IS ANOTHER ISSUE. LORD HAVE MERCY ON DOMINICANS THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WANT

  69. lolopop
    October 8, 2013

    now u seeing the condition of those poor people alas so long, eheh election really coming.too much weakedness to the poor people.

    • forreal
      October 8, 2013

      listen political monkey,even if skerrit lose the election,it will be written as, is he that build them,you all does just jump to conclusions,you all are not even wondering where he is getting the money from,everything takes time,this is not the first time that they looked at that initiative,and on the other hand,if it is for political reasons,you all talk to much,let them do what they doing,stop being sell outs,is at the poles,people will decide where they going,a still tonge,keeps a wise head.

      • Mels
        October 8, 2013

        Correction political monkey2, the word is “polls” not “poles”. Go read a book instead of calling people monkey.

      • lolopop
        October 9, 2013

        lets see who is the real monkey :-D :-D u screming labour and u living in a shanty for years :-D not a plywood or a sweety u get from labour for how many years. u jus like ah old manicoooo sacray boohoe ou pani ahyeh tebe.let mi see where u going.u kia read skerite give universal education so malfayteh make use of it. :-D :-D :-D

  70. lightbulb
    October 8, 2013

    “The new apartments will be at no cost to residents.”

    So who picks up the bill? There should be some ownership initiative, at least a low interest loan.

    • 2 CuTe
      October 9, 2013

      You people are so 1980 ‘s .Wake up and welcome to the real world

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