Budget: Dominica to construct 5000 resilient homes by 2023

The government of Dominica is all set to construct 5000 resilient homes by 2023, aiming to fulfil their commitment to building resilient communities

Budget: Dominica to construct 5000 resilient homes by 2023
Budget: Dominica to construct 5000 resilient homes by 2023

Roseau, Dominica: The government of Dominica is all set to construct 5000 resilient homes by 2023, aiming to fulfil their commitment to building resilient communities. In the budget for the 2023/24 fiscal year, it is outlined that the country has completed 1811 homes, representing approximately 36% of the target.

The project has taken place under the Housing Recovery Project (HRP) of Dominica. Along with that, the government has aimed to build the first set of modern homes in the Warner Area under their Future Housing Program. The government has received 2000 applications under the program.

Melissa Poponne Skerrit shared the update on several initiatives of the government in the housing sector.

Under the Housing Recovery Project, the aim and accomplishments of the government of Dominica: 

  • The program has been revamped and reset for more efficiency and transparency. Along with that, the World Bank program was supposed to end in December, but it has been extended for an additional 18 months.
  • A grant of XCD 140,000 for the construction of the houses has been allocated.
  • 420 homes to be built, over 350 planning applications have been approved, with 282 contracts awarded to local contractors.
  • 152 families have received their hurricane and earthquake-resistant houses.
  • HRP created employment opportunities for 54 local contractors
  • In anticipation of the hurricane season this year, the government of Dominica has fast-tracked handing over of homes; 47 keys were given out to new homeowners.
  • 11 homeowners were handed keys to their reconstructed homes in Grandbay.
  • Under the EDF program, an additional 18 homes have been completed. It will be officially handed over soon.
  • 139 homes were constructed within the last six months, and keys were handed to individuals’ families.

Future Housing Program: Budget for fiscal year 2023/24

  • The government has received 2000 applications.
  • The government of Dominica will begin the work on the program building the first set of modern homes in the Warner area.
  • It will embark on a new development program where land will be available for sale at a reasonable price. 

Kalinago Resilient Housing Project 

  • Thirty-six (36) resilient homes have been constructed and are occupied by Kalinago families.

Modern Resilient Housing Development Programme 

  • Across Dominica, they provided shelter for over 1000 families and are constructing 256 housing units designed to withstand natural disasters.
  • Scotts Head, Penville, Pt Michel, Grand Bay, Paix Bouche, Canefield East, Vieille Case, Woodfordhill, and Dubuque Housing Programmes are all at various advanced stages of completion and should be ready for move-in throughout 2024.
  • The government is planning to build additional homes in Roseau Central, St. Joseph, Castle Bruce, Colihaut.

National Resettlement Program 

  • The program has provided livelihood support to 381 affected families following a trough system in the East/South East Communities. It has included financial assistance & provision of temporary housing for the most severely impacted.
  • The government of Dominica is planning to move steadily to relocate approx 98 households from Petite Soufriere, San Sauveur & Good Hope, as well as Campbell – Resettlement extends to the construction of the international airport at Wesley.
  • Acquired 276 properties out of the identified 298, ensuring fair compensation for property owners and facilitating their relocation.
  • The government has constructed 31 new resilient dwelling homes in the Joe Burton area & continues to provide agricultural lands to farmers to promote agricultural development opportunities in the area.

Home Renovation and Sanitation Programme 

  • The program has benefitted over 1000 families; in 2023, so far, over 120 families received financial and material support for home improvements and the construction of modern washroom facilities.

Strengthening Homes Together Initiative 

  • The program has assisted over 300 households and over 20,000 hurricane ties given to homeowners helping them to received homes against hurricanes at no cost to them.

Accomplishments So Far 

  • Work is being done within the Ministry of Housing to promote the security and well-being of all Dominicans.