Special fund to be setup for upkeep of government housing according to Austrie

A special fund will be set up by the government for the upkeep and development of homes under the Government Housing Program.

Minister for Housing and Urban Development Reginald Austrie said, about the fund, that residents are expected to contribute towards the upkeep of their home and surroundings.

“We should get these residents to pay money into a general fund to be used by the community development generally for the upkeep of development,” he said.

Austrie did not go into specific details about the intended fund but he did say however that the government will inform the public “very shortly” so that they will better understand the “matrix”.

He explained that the new homes are prone to damages and when that happens, the government must ensure that it doesn’t have to go “into its own coffers and find the monies to do the repair work,”.

He reported that the government is looking at some conditions where the houses have to be insured and repaired.

“Some things have to be done communally,” he stated and “here will be the issue of garbage disposal, the issue of sanitation, the issue of maintenance, the issue of insurance…” he explained.

According to Austrie, because “as resilient and resistant these homes are to hurricanes and natural disasters there will be a certain level of risk like any other home.”

Meantime, residents will also have to take care of their own lawns.

Austrie made it clear that government will not swipe the grass or weed the yard for these residents.

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26 Comments

  1. Lord help this nation
    January 23, 2020

    He explained that the new homes are prone to damages, next line he saying it resilient to hurricanes lol. Them man have Dominicans like a set of tehbeh

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  2. As I see it
    January 22, 2020

    But for residents to be told that they have to cut the grass and weed the yard, doesn’t that give the impression that these residents don’t believe they own these homes? Well seems like Austrie made it clear that they don’t own these homes which prompts me to ask the government, who gets the keys in the event the resident dies? Can they will it to whomever they want or government decides who moves in ? Seems like real confusion since in most cases residents are not the legal owners of these homes neither is the government, yet government built it? In fact so messy that the letter of residence was given to a woman which means in cases where the woman was legally married and the house is not on his land or on the land of his family, he too could be kicked out. Pure mess!

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  3. My little take
    January 22, 2020

    I understand clearly that when the government wants to lie and deceive the nation the turn to Roosevelt Skerrit; when they want to insult us as black people they turn to Anthony Astaphan but, when they want the world to mock us, they turn to Austrie to talk his usual nonsese, though he now has to compete with Melissa Ske6. So right now Austrie talked so all I will do is laugh my stress out knowing what I heard or read from a senseless and brainless creature.

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  4. January 22, 2020

    I am in full favor of this initiative. It is a very basic and prudent one. However, I am a bit perplexed by the timing of this message. Why did it take this long for such basic asks? Such prerequisites for home ownership should’ve been documented and communicated to potential home owners at the very inset.

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  5. Not A Herd Follower
    January 22, 2020

    So, the houses are not owned by the tenants? Second, it is surprising to hear a housing minister say that houses built by the government are prone to damages. What does say about the oft-repeated talk of making housing resilient in Dominica?

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  6. Looking
    January 22, 2020

    You should have said that prior to December 6th, 2019

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  7. jamie
    January 22, 2020

    Finally you all are coming to your senses,these people should be paying back for these homes,esp the younger ones,Nothing is free in this world anymore.

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  8. Casio
    January 22, 2020

    lovely. But a lot of these people are red clinic members. they cant even pay the utilities much less for contribute to your fund.

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  9. TRUTH BE TOLD
    January 22, 2020

    I agree with Mr. Austrie this should have been set up along time ago. I am paying a mortgage and people living in houses for free…nonsense. Those that are unable to afford especially the elderly, should live free but working people must pay because if they were renting they would find the fund and pay their rent. Have anyone seem the kind of vehicles that some of the people living in the apartments have and they living there for free. This is very unfair to those of us paying a mortgage. We will be watching closely to see what the Gov’t is going to do. I support the move 100%

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    • Nicolette
      January 27, 2020

      The benefits of being a Skerrit voter are untold in Dominica. Free housing, tax free cars, monthly income… and all of it financed by passports, a commodity that belongs to all of us but sadly only benefits Skerrit and his gang members. What a corrupt characterless little country that little teacher has created!

  10. LifeandDeath
    January 22, 2020

    Dominicans wait for it, time to chose the Blue Pill or the Red Pill in that “Matrix”..hahahaa..Reggie coming clean?

    As idiotic an idea to expand public housing in a less than developed little island like Dominica, I’ll have to agree with Reggie , we cannot worsen the problem, everybody must take responsibility for maintenance and insurance of “their own property”..

    For poor countries free public housing is a terrible idea in the long term. The bigger problem tho, is how will they make contributions without jobs that pay adequately and what happens when some can pay and others can’t? That is a problem Dominica could have done without if the people and Government would have decided to think this whole thing through before playing Politics on everything. smdh!!

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  11. Shaka zulu
    January 22, 2020

    He explained that the new homes are prone to damages and when that happens, the government must ensure that it doesn’t have to go “into its own coffers and find the monies to do the repair work,”.
    I swear Dominica is a circus of clowns. What about all this talk of building resilience? So the government gave people homes who cannot afford the costly repairs they are to undertake. Gov cannot maintain the few police stations, hospital schools and health centers around the island. Should all that have not been thought of before. This is the visionary leadership we boast of? Some real baboons!!

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  12. Zandoli
    January 22, 2020

    It looks like the politics got ahead of the policy. They had no other plan but to get re-elected, so no plans were developed before construction started or before they handed over possession of the properties. In truth and in fact all they need to do is look at a typical condominium set of bylaws and they can model their rules after those.

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  13. viewsexpressed
    January 22, 2020

    Austrie, you and Skerrit better read this nonsense, and try to comprehend it and put in perspective. You guys are way out of tune. This is it.
    “A special fund will be set up by the government for the upkeep and development of homes under the Government Housing Programme.”
    Failed Skerrit, incompetent Austrie, when and how did you all began the plan for this housing project? Was it spontaneous, well planned with other professionals and technical people within the service? Don`t you people sit and plan rather that engage in this fast food political garbage? No wonder your politics is bloated and overweight. This government is all over place. Incompetent, lacks genuine foresight, preparedness, and knowledge of effective planning of states projects. You have no plan where to take our country to. No wonder under your tenure, you`ll have killed our agriculture. Farmers are suffering, we have no tourism. Who really is running our Dominica because there`s daily heart attack. Lacks foresight

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  14. Roger Burnett
    January 22, 2020

    What needs to be clarified is the time-span of the leases on these properties and the owner/landlord of the properties.

    As I understand it, at the end of a lease it is the landlord that the property reverts back to. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • Lin clown
      January 23, 2020

      VIEWSECXPRESSED,at least they are better than what you live in,in the North Bronx WhitePlains Road,Gun Hill Road,all infested with BED BUGS.Most of you UWP …..live on FOOD STAMPS in the US.SHIRLEY is a NOMAD.

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      • Ronald Saunders
        January 27, 2020

        Better than living from what comes from the behind of the dictator. You sad little dung beetle!

  15. Toto
    January 22, 2020

    How he expect these residents to contribute when they have no income in the first place. These people need jobs first of all. Austrie wil be paying for utilities and furniture too you will see. People don’t respect things they get for nothing.

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  16. TOME
    January 22, 2020

    After the people move in they think of all this? Shouldn’t the new tenants have signed a contract with the government before they moved in??? Shouldn’t these tenants pay a market rent to the government??? I guess there was no time for all of that since as many houses as possible had to be given away BEFORE election as presents to DLP voters.

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  17. TeteMorne I From
    January 22, 2020

    Austrie gets more and more selfish by the minute. Most of the homeowners are lower or low income,if not extremely poor and needy people. How in the world are they suppose to help with the FINANCIAL upkeep of their home?

    That selfish SOB has the nerve to state: “the government must ensure that it doesn’t have to go “into its own coffers and find the monies to do the repair work,”. Really? Where is all the money you guys refuse to account for? When Shirley Caesar and Donnie McClurkin came, you all had NO problem in funding everything from plane ticket to hotel to food. A jhay money too! Something is very,very, wrong with Austrie, but, again, he must have swallowed the monies unaccounted for., hence his bloated body.

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  18. Bwa-Banday
    January 21, 2020

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Election done so time to wood them!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . I hope after the serious woodin they still have the strength to shout Labor-Ka-Twavaye :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    First time I hear the Rot try to sound so diplomatic :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . All freeness over now so time to make them pay. I always hear granny say to my pweety cousin princess who was always getting “fings” from a labour minister that labor does not give nuffing for free especially if you are a young lady :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . Oh lawd that sure is funny. Chew yoe-patay now. Looks like it will soon be Pay up or Pack up! Layborrrrrrrrrrr, laborrrrrrr :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    • TeteMorne I From
      January 23, 2020

      True, but that is really messed up. Looks like they were baited into voting for labor. Give them ‘free” homes and they will vote us, wait until a month and a half later, and drop a bomb on them. Those sheep must wake up now. What is going to happen when Austrie’s demands are not met? Alas. :(

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      • Bwa-Banday
        January 23, 2020

        Tet, remember the song; “Don’t cry for me Argentina :mrgreen: :mrgreen: “. Sorry but Labour do darn right. You can’t tell me after all the things labour did these people stood by and watch them steal the election, now labor trying to steal back their house they gave them and some of them still there like moo moo hoping the God called Skerrit will have mercy. I support labor 100000000%. Take the house and sell the occupants to the devil when they done. Some of us are having the last laugh :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . I have no pity for fools.

  19. foreign observer
    January 21, 2020

    Condo fees.

    What about property taxes?

    DNO – do you think you could lay your hands on a set of the papers handed to a recipient of this housing to see what the fine print says?

    p.s., does this mean the CBI monies are drying up?

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    • CarlNixon
      January 25, 2020

      No, from now the CBI money goes in to the usual accounts again. Suffice to say that no account is in the name of the treasury.

  20. Election pass
    January 21, 2020

    Was that part of the initial deal or agreement? So are the residents obliged to pay? was it more an election gimmick? Fooling the people again and again. Since the residents received no titles to their apartments, Skerritt was being deceitful.

    Interestingly, Skerritt took over as Minister of Housing from Austrie just because of the ewlections, so as to be popular and gain sympathy for giving people free houses. Now he handed over the Ministry of Housing back to Austrie, because of that money residents now have to pay to some fund. Skerritt will soon say he did not know and play saviour. Dominicans are being Fooled again and again and again. Now that Skerritt and his wife (Monarchy) and his cabal have stolen the elections and forced themselves on the Dominican people, expect much more deceit.

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