Facelift for Lancaster House

The Government project which provides temporary housing for disaster victims is to undergo a facelift soon.

China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke today presented a cheque of $35,000 to Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett to help with the upgrade of Lancaster House in Lancaster, St James.

China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke (right) presenting a cheque of $35,000 to Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett to help with the upgrade of Lancaster House in Lancaster, St James.
China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke (right) presenting a cheque of $35,000 to Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett to help with the upgrade of Lancaster House in Lancaster, St James.

The facility has the capacity to accommodate up to three families, but Blackett said the level of work that needed to be done meant only one family was accommodated at a time over the past year.   

The minister stressed that this was necessary to balance the provision of accommodation with an acceptable standard of living, adding that the cheque was timely, as it would allow for the structural work to be advanced.

“I assure you that this donation will be instrumental in the ongoing upgrade of the structure of this facility and will ensure that families are comfortable as they pursue their options of securing alternative accommodation in the community,” he said.

Lancaster House, which commenced operations under the National Assistance Board in August, 2015, is designed to provide temporary accommodation to people who have been dislocated by fire, floods or other disasters.

In addition to providing temporary accommodation, Lancaster House also provides counselling and the coordination of services to facilitate the resumption of independent community living in the shortest possible time.

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