The government on Thursday handed out letters of offer for 46 housing lots to residents of Spring Village, Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes, the second such exercise last week.
A similar exercise was conducted in Adelphi on Thursday, where 23 lots were handed out, and lots will be handed out in Noel and Magum in the Sandy Bay area this Friday.
The letter are being distributed as the government seeks to regularize the status of persons who have occupied state lands for some time.
These persons are being offered them the opportunity to purchase these lands below market price.
“This is indeed a great moment for North Leeward and for St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Minister of Housing Montgomery Daniel told the ceremony in Spring Village on Friday.
He said that time will show that the Unity Labour Party government has and will continue to deliver to poor and working class people.
“Surely the government’s policy of land distribution is an outstanding one; one that is ensuring dead capital becomes live,” he said.
Daniel said that since coming to office in 2001, the ULP administration has made 4,170 lots of land made available to Vincentians.
He noted that this averages about 300 lot a years, and 25 lots per month.
“This administration wants to see all of us having our own land with a proper house on that land, wherein our overall lifestyle, our living standards can be lifted,” Daniel said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves reiterated his government’s view that housing is a human right.
“What the scriptures is telling us, the fox got its hole and the birds got they nests. Where is yours?
“So it’s a human right, and it is the business of the government, this government, to facilitate the people of this country to have quality housing at affordable prices,” he said.
Gonsalves said that between 2001 and 2012, the housing stock in St. Vincent and the Grenadines increased by over 25 per cent.
He said the lot distributed by his government average 3,700 square feet each and have a market value of an average of EC$4 per square foot.
“You are talking about 60 million dollars worth of land which this government has distributed,” Gonsalves said, adding that his government has distributed more housing lots than all previous governments combined.
Gonsalves said his government has also built 1,300 low-income houses and some 200 houses for persons affected by storms.
“If you have those 1,500 houses and you value them, the house and the land, conservatively, at 60,000 dollars per house, that’s 90 million dollars. You see you already reaching between the distribution of the land, in terms of the value, and the houses built, 150 million dollars?” Gonsalves said.