… 1 lucky applicant will win a low-income house lot on SundayThe Communities Ministry in collaboration with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) officially on Friday launched “Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond” at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara.The housing expo is geared towards providing low- and moderate-income earners, along with State employees and youths, the opportunity to access affordable houses in a modern setting.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CH&PA, Lelon Saul, underscored theAttendees at the Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond launchimportance of the expo, noting that it provides options and helps the body to execute its mandate. “We are guided by Government policies which are in sync with our mandate to provide affordable housing for the working class. Our interest is not only in providing service lots but more importantly, creating safe, cohesive and sustainable communities,” he said.Minister with the responsibility for housing, Valerie Patterson said Housing Solutions focuses on the Government’s housing programme which seeks to improve the housing delivery system, especially to low-income earners.“The model village gives interested person a real life experience, you don’t have to use your imagination to see what your housing unit will look like; you can walk through the house and experience and interact with its design. You have a range of options from which to choose. The model village provides participating contractors a stage to showcase their products, designs, craftsmanship and newOne of the wooden duplex exhibits available for purchase after the expo closesbuilding technology. More importantly for us, it allows them an opportunity to partner with Government to make housing more affordable for Guyanese at a lower level of the economic scale,” Minister Patterson said.“God forbids that the asking prices for these houses should be prohibitive for the people we intended to reach, we reduced the cost of the house lots here in Perseverance for the model village. We reduced the prices from $500,000 to $300,000 for the low-income, $500,000 for the moderate-income and $700,000 for the middle-income. That was an attempt to assist the exhibitors to ensure that their prices at the end will be affordable,” she added.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan said the occupancy rate of Government housing schemes developed over the past 20 years has plummeted below 20 per cent for the 38 housing schemes developed during the 2011-2014 period. He noted that those 38 schemes consumed more than 4200 acres of land, with an approximate investment of $13 billion and would require an additional $16 billion to complete the infrastructure. He added that that money is not available.“Land divestment is unaffordable for the State; this is why it is necessary for a higher density model to be pursued if we are to provide a higher model solution. Government buying itself will not achieve the success it wishes in the delivery of this housing solution, it will have to partner with the Private Sector in a robust open and transparent process,” the minister said.The CH&PA will be giving away a low-income house lot to a lucky applicant on Sunday night and encourages those who have applications in the system on or before December 31, 2016 to enter.
The Long Beach City College women’s basketball team began its preconference schedule in impressive fashion, winning 10 of its first 17 games. South Coast Conference divisional play has begun in a similar way. Led by 23 points from freshman guard Christina Edwards, the visiting Vikings topped El Camino 54-49 on Friday to improve to 2-0 in SCC South play. Freshman point guard Amber Thomas added 18 points and freshman forward Tiana Whitaker had nine rebounds. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Jaquata Chatman sank a 3-point basket with 1:02 left and those proved to be the game’s final points as the Cougars (20-4, 2-1) beat the visiting Falcons (12-14, 1-1) in a South Coast Conference game. Maltresa Neely led Cerritos with 22 points and had 11 rebounds. The Falcons also got 10 points from Anna Conrad and 11 rebounds from Eboni Echols. Cerritos led 33-26 at halftime and 62-58 in the late going before falling short. The Cougars were led by Brittany Sheppard with 17 points, and Tyniqua Richard added 16. Cypress 83, Saddleback 24 Marinna Figueroa led four Chargers in double figures with 15 points as Cypress (18-5, 4-2) beat visiting Saddleback (3-19, 0-6) in Orange Empire Conference play. MEN’S BASKETBALL Long Beach City 72, El Camino 58 Pearson Smith scored 20 points to lead the Vikings (12-13, 2-0) to a South Coast Conference South Division victory at El Camino (4-18, 0-2). Long Beach State-bound Chris Fields had 18 points, while Chris Hart contributed 16 points for LBCC, which will host Cerritos on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Cerritos 85, L.A. Southwest 77 Aaron Thompson scored 17 points and Brandon Nevens and Brian Tollette scored 14 points each to lead five Falcons in double figures as the visiting Falcons (14-11, 2-0) beat the Cougars (8-14, 2-1) in a South Coast Conference game. In winning their eighth consecutive game, the Falcons also got 13 points from Alex Nixon and 10 points from Brandon Ivery. L.A. Southwest was paced by Brandon Turner with 17 points. Saddleback 63, Cypress 62 Houstan Downey scored 17 points and Brandon Void and Eric Taylor each added 12 for the Chargers (11-12, 0-5), but visiting Saddleback (18-5, 3-3) prevailed in Orange Empire Conference play. WOMEN’S TENNIS USC 6, Long Beach State 1 The 49ers won one singles match and one doubles match, but fell in their season opener at USC. Rachael Porsz posted the Long Beach State singles victory, beating Whitney Peterson at No. 6 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. LBSU’s Hannah Grady pushed USC’s Lindsey Nelson at No. 1 singles, with Nelson prevailing, 3-6, 7-6, 10-5. In doubles, Grady and Jessica Weeks beat Amanda Fink and Carine Vermeulen, 8-5, but the 49ers lost the other two doubles matchups as the Trojans won the doubles point. The 49ers will play at Pepperdine on Jan. 28. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LBCC hosts Cerritos at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. L.A. Southwest 63, Cerritos 62