Dire straits

UDC finding it difficult to keep pace with housing demand

More and more Barbadians are turning to the Urban Development Commission (UDC) for assistance to get a roof over their heads.

Unable to quantify the increase in applications, Housing Coordinator Colvin Mascoll said the UDC was finding it difficult to meet the rising demand because of inadequate funding but was doing the best it could to assist persons in need.

“In these tight financial times when more people are feeling the pinch, the request for assistance from the commission has really increased,” Mascoll told Barbados TODAY. “I cannot put a figure on it but we can feel it.”

The numbers include both males and females of varying ages.

“We have to prioritize and serve who we consider the most needy,” Mascoll explained. “The biggest challenge we have is getting the funds available to us to reach as many people as possible.”

He added: “We have never been able to meet all the requests because, let’s face it, we have a lot of people who really are in need in Barbados. We try our best to meet the needs but we just wish we were in a position to do more”.

He acknowledged that the Government was experiencing financial difficulties, forcing UDC to stretch what limited resources it had.  “We are in difficult times. It is not [like] 15 years ago. There are a lot of things that we would like to do but we are not in a position to do.”

Mascoll added: “We hope we will be able to do more in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, we have to make do with what we have and spend the resources available to us as wisely as possible.

“We may be able to supply, in some cases, materials and we then find out from the clients if they can provide some labour. In that way, we can get our dollars to stretch that much further.”


7 Responses to Dire straits

  1. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman April 23, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Goverment need too drop prices of homes or rent them out for at lest 700 a month and they be surprise all be taken

  2. Carolann Schwartz
    Carolann Schwartz April 23, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I agree how can they be low income houses when the rent is so high!

  3. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte April 23, 2015 at 7:32 am

    maybe these agencies need to revisit the housing program and come with new solutions.

  4. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman April 23, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Every way u look empty houses but goverment so greedy they don’t want a little at a time they want the whole lot. Now if they say a person with a certain pay rate give us 700 a month mortgage everyone in bim would be comfortable and at lest some money would be going in treasury

  5. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne April 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

    How can unemployed or underemployed people rent or buy homes and how can government assist people when they the government, have no money. This is one vicious circle.

  6. Brigitte Adams
    Brigitte Adams April 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I agree even renting or selling at a better price rather than empty I get so many people I cannot help its such a desperate situation at the moment.

  7. bernard and india walker April 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    target is full time work. You get a new vehicle or app for your computer . It has to be able to work at the most efficient level . Making it work on a 3 G cell phone is like lowering the house mortgage 700 dollars a month


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