CH&PA modifying housing unit’s designs for disabled persons
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has commenced the construction of housing units which will facilitate the mobility of persons with disabilities. Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood has projected this to be one of the directions in which the CH&PA is heading.
According to one of the Project Engineers, Randolph Hunte, the designs of at least a pair of the two-bedroom flat single houses, in the Perseverance, East Bank Demerara, Housing Scheme, will be modified.
“We are currently in contact with the Disability Commission whereby out of the fifteen two bedroom houses we are going to be modifying, two in the sense of basically providing livable features for differently-abled persons by adding a ramp, the standard bathroom with grab bars, rails and the necessary space in terms of moving in and out of the living room to the bedroom.”
These modifications are intended to promote more people-friendly living spaces. Hunte indicated that this forms part of the phase of constructing flat single units in the CH&PA scheme and is expected to be completed by May 2018.
“We have started the construction of two and three-bedroom houses, we are currently in the process of constructing 15 three-bedroom flat houses and fifteen two-bedroom flat houses…In terms of timeline, these projects are expected to be completed by May of this year.”
The construction of housing units in various schemes across the country is CH&PA’s response to the demand for living spaces after the high level of interest shown by citizens at last year’s ‘Housing Solutions and Beyond exhibition’.