The PM announced that on the 15 April, 2015 the HDC will begin random draws for applicants who need their own homes.
That lottery system the HDC have making no sense. How a man who applied 2 years ago will get through and a man who waiting 15 years can't get nothing. Applications should be based on order received and eligibility.
According to TV6 News' feature on HDC housing the Housing Minister said the next random draw will be for applicants who applied more than 15 years ago. He also said that the last draw was overseen by auditors and was not simply done privately by the HDC.
They should have a list of all the MPs and houses given based on their recommendation to see if that's true.
Now, there is a trick here I don't know if anyone noticed. I saw the list on the papers today and at the end it says for people to collect the interview packages! I thought these people were selected to be given a house! But no, these are people who never got an interview, so they will be getting and interview and THEN wait again to be allocated. Madness!
Yeah the draw is really about being selected for an interview but that does not mean they automatically qualify. Some of those people might even have house already.
On CNC3 News they highlighted the HDC giving out keys to HDC homes today for Mother's Day. One person, who was the 1000th recipient, got a TT$10,000 voucher at Standards to get furniture for her new home. The others of today get 10% off at Standards as well.
On an UNC platform the Prime Minister, the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said that those tenants who lived in an HDC rental for 30 or more years will be eligible to buy their apartment for a mere $TT100.00.
Today, it was asked of Minister Moonilal, the Minister of Housing, by MP Jack Warner what would happen with tenants who were in rentals for 30+ years who were also in arrears. The Minister said something will be worked out for them.
TV6 News interviewed some of the tenants that the offer would apply to such as those in Duncan street. According to most, they believed it was just an election gimmick.