Twenty-seven people from communities in northeast Trinidad received home improvement grants from Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, Camille Robinson-Regis.
The distribution ceremony took place on Wednesday at the Bon Air Gardens Community Center, Boulevard de l’Empereur, Bon Air Gardens, Arouca.
The Home Improvement Grant Program is an integral part of the ministry’s housing initiatives.
A ministry statement released on Thursday said the goal is to help as many low-income families as possible despite the current economic challenges facing the country.
Since its inception, the program has helped thousands of eligible families in Trinidad repair and upgrade their existing homes.
In her remarks, Minister Robinson-Regis said:We give you a ladder of opportunities to improve your homes, to live with more dignity, to improve your standard of living and your quality of life. Now I know the cost of building materials would have gone up. I know this grant will not cover all your expenses. It’s “a help”, but it’s also a reflection of our confidence in you, in your ability to match or surpass our contribution to making your home a better place. That’s why it’s called the Home Improvement Grant.”
The minister also said the number of recipients receiving checks is a representative sample of the 80 recipients slated to receive home improvement grants in the coming weeks.
The 80 grants are valued at $1,005,000.
Also in attendance were Ministry Minister Adrian Leonce, Permanent Secretary Claire Davidson-Williams, Deputy Permanent Secretary Nirmala Ramlogan and Ministry Facilitation and Delivery Unit Housing Program Manager Hermian Smart-Findlay.