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Some $13 million in contracts were signed on Saturday to commence the construction of 10 wooden elevated houses in Smith Creek, Region One (Barima-Waini) under the Hinterland Housing Programme.
The three contracts were signed by the Chairman of the Community Development Council (CDC), Sherman Lewis, and the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) for the supply of labour, timber, sand and stone.
The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of a community outreach spearheaded by Housing and Water Minister, Collin Croal at the Mabaruma Learning and Resource Centre.
He noted that the initiative is part of a process to upgrade the environment in which the people of Smith Creek live. Further, the minister has committed to improving water access to mitigate water-related health issues.
Each unit will consist of three bedrooms and measure approximately 20 x 25 feet. Vulnerable persons and pensioners are being targeted to benefit from the housing project.