Dominica announces housing programme for nurses- “Nursing the Dream”

Dominica announces the housing programme for the nurses- "Nursing the Dream" in the budget for the 2023/24 fiscal year.

Dominica announces housing programme for nurses-
Dominica announces housing programme for nurses- "Nursing the Dream"

Roseau, Dominica: Dominica announces the housing programme for the nurses- “Nursing the Dream” in the budget for the 2023/24 fiscal year. The aim of the programme is to provide incentives and assistance throughout the home construction process.

Melissa Poponne Skerrit- Minister of Housing and Urban Development, announced the initiatives and shared an update on the programme. She said that ‘Nursing the Dream’ is one of several programs announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development during the 2023-2024 fiscal year Budget Debate.

NURSING THE DREAM- A housing programme for nurses of Dominica

  • The programme is aimed to provide incentives and assistance throughout the home construction process.
  • It will also facilitate the acquisition of land at subsidized rates and access to long-term affordable payment plans.
  • The programme will open the collaboration with the Lands and Surveys, Housing and Physical Planning Divisions, as well as financial institutions to identify suitable land for housing and get the best financial deal.
  • The housing programme for nurses will also help to explore the ways in which participants can be relieved of expenses related to development permits, survey costs, and the title process, significantly reducing financial obligations during the construction process.
  • It will also provide access to a range of pre-designed plans and architectural drawings for one, two, and three-bedroom homes at no cost.
  • The programme will provide access to a range of pre-designed plans and architectural drawings for one, two, and three-bedroom homes at no cost to the nurses. 
  • With the help of the programme, the government will connect participants with highly recommended contractors, plumbers and electricians to ensure construction projects are executed by skilled professionals. 
  • Throughout the construction process, officers from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will conduct regular quality monitoring and inspections to ensure that homes meet the required standards.

The government of Dominica allocated $69.1 million for Housing and Urban Development. Finance Minister Dr Irving McIntyre announced that the government of Dominica will construct 327 houses this fiscal year, which will include the relocation and resettlement of some residents of Good Hope, San Sauveur, Petite Soufriere, and Campbell under the Future Housing Development Programme.

Besides this, 50 homes will be constructed in Warner and Cotton Hill to help more young professionals, the youth, and employees in the public and private sector to realize their dreams of owning a home.