The New National Party (NNP) is deeply concerned with the current government’s handling of the low-income housing project, an effort initially pioneered by the previous administration under the astute leadership of Dr Keith Mitchell.
The initial design of this programme was a beacon of hope, a pact of trust between the government and the vulnerable citizens of Grenada. This housing project, generously supported by the People’s Republic of China, was conceived to provide a roof over the heads of the needy without burdening them financially.
However, the present National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has shamelessly morphed this altruistic initiative into a profit-making venture, betraying the very essence of its origin. The current dispensation is selling these homes at exorbitant prices, a blatant deviation from the original intent of providing affordable shelter to the impoverished. The asking price of over $50,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and over $70,000 for a 2-bedroom apartment, is a mockery of the indigent citizens’ plight.
Furthermore, the impractical timeline of 2 weeks given to potential homeowners to secure financing from banks or credit unions is an added strain. The reality on the ground is that mortgage approvals in Grenada exceed this unrealistic timeframe, not to mention the required 5% to 10% down payment, which is yet another financial hurdle. This reckless approach has rendered the low-income housing initiative inaccessible to the very demographic it was intended to benefit, a disservice to the citizens of Grenada.
The distressing episode in Carriacou is a testament to the NDC government’s insensitivity. Reclaiming the already allocated low-income houses and denying rightful ownership is a clear violation of trust and an affront to the hardworking people of Carriacou.
The New National Party implores the NDC government to reflect upon the core values of service, trust, and empathy, and to revert to the original ethos of the low-income housing scheme. It is a moral imperative to uphold the original intent of providing affordable housing to the needy and desist from commercialising basic human necessities. The people of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique deserve nothing less than a government that stands by its promises and prioritises their welfare over fiscal gains.
In these trying times, we must not lose sight of our duty to serve the common good, a principle that the previous administration under Dr Keith Mitchell held in high regard. The New National Party stands with the people and will continue to advocate for policies that reflect the true spirit of camaraderie and social justice.