Phase 1 houses under Unity Housing Solutions Program launched as NHC unveils new brand campaign, mobile app
Basseterre – On Tuesday, 14 families were presented with keys to their new homes under Phase 1 of the Unity Housing Solutions Program, an initiative by the government of St Kitts and Nevis, in collaboration with the National Housing Corporation (NHC) aimed at increasing housing capacity on the island of St Kitts.
Speaking during the key presentation ceremony at the Cunningham Heights Spooners in Cayon, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris expressed confidence and satisfaction in the economic trajectory of the federation of St Kitts and Nevis.
“St Kitts and Nevis is showing a strong and steady pattern of economic growth,” he said. “We are seeing more and more foreign direct investment interest coming in such as the new Park Hyatt, the brand’s first property in the Caribbean. This only shows that we are indeed open for business and St. Kitts and Nevis is a conducive economic environment to do business. We have also received international recognition for our strides in the area of ICT, where St. Kitts and Nevis was the only participating country to have received two awards at the World Telecommunications/ICT Indicators Symposium held in Gaborone, Botswana.”
At yesterday’s event, the National Housing Corporation (NHC) also launched a new brand campaign dubbed “The New NHC: Committed to Family” to reiterate its commitment to its mandate of raising standards in the housing sector. Along with this comes a mobile app, complete with more information on NHC, application forms, a platform for enquiries and feedback and an intuitive user interface.
The Hon. Eugene Hamilton – who serves as minister of human settlements, community development, land and cooperatives – said his ministry has made strides toward tangible reforms that are key to furthering the objectives outlined in the corporation’s mandate.
“We are witnessing the fruits of the Team Unity Housing Solution Program and, more broadly, the vision of the Team Unity government as promised in our manifesto,” he said. “We have mentioned time and time again that our commitment is unwavering when it comes to the welfare of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Ministry endeavors to pursue elevated solutions that positively impact the overall quality of life for our people and these homes represent that vision and commitment to our mandate as an institution.
“I want to congratulate the NHC for the launch of the mobile app. This is very progressive. As we endeavor to deliver a more streamlined application process for those interested in purchasing, constructing or renting houses, we take advantage of digital advancements that make it easier for members of the public to interact with government institutions and receive timely assistance towards their housing needs,” added Hamilton.
Chairman of the Board of Directors at NHC Valentine Lindsay said the corporation recognized the need to support local businesses and create more jobs for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“We have a very solid agenda to deliver better housing facilities to the people of St Kitts and Nevis,” he said. “To this end, we broke the ground for the Unity Housing Solutions Program in March this year, paving the way for bigger and better homes, while, at the same time, creating more jobs and supporting local businesses in the construction sector by using locally available materials.
The event was streamed live on the NHC St. Kitts Facebook page and is available for viewing.
The Unity Housing Solutions Program is a platform for NHC to supervise the construction of 300 affordable homes throughout St. Kitts for the benefit of people with small to modest incomes. These homes have bigger bedrooms and bathrooms, and carry small monthly payments, depending on household income. Under the program, houses are also constructed for people who have land, yet need assistance to build.
The National Housing Corporation (NHC) was incorporated in 1996 after being renamed from the Central Housing Authority (CHA). NHC was created by an Act of Parliament in 1997 for the purposes of “adding and improving” the existing supply of houses and enhancing the usefulness of the funds of the Corporation by promoting greater efficiency in the housing sector.