Several homes were destroyed and thousands of residents made homeless by sea erosion recently in the enclave of West Point near the center city of Monrovia.
Construction for some 100 units is expected to commence early December 2016 with completion set for mid June 2017 in the VOA Community in Brewerville. These units are expected to accommodate more than 1,800 residents and victims of the flood.
Addressing the conference, Samuel Wlue, Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA), mentioned that the construction of the units is part of the NHA’S goals which is to ensure the construction of more affordable homes for low income earners noting that monies allotted in the budget would be used for the intended purpose.
“We will give a house for a house thereby placing specific focus on home owners and it will be a voluntary repatriation exercise for victims of the disaster,” Wlue indicated.
He stressed that “no one will pay for the homes because monies allotted in the budget will provide permanent but low cost housing for victims which will improve the living standards of the residents”.
For his part, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe pledged the government’s commitment to improving the living standards of all its citizenry.
“It is not the desire of the government to uproots you from your homes but we were constrained to do so for you and the country’s own good because we are concerned about our people” Minister Nagbe asserted.
Also speaking, Demore W. Moore, Spokesperson of the Disaster Victims of West Points applauded the government through the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the initiative and called for the inclusion of some residents during the construction exercise.
“We want to be part of the construction exercise because all our belongings were taken during the flood and we need money to get new ones,” Moore stated.