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Is anything done for them?
Some, but not through the HDC
and it s very sporadic, through the
Ministry of Social Development and
so.The second class of housing need
is people who are permanent renters.
The sort of family who, for whatever
reason---the occupation of the parents,
their wages or the number of children
they have---means they will never own
We all know they are perfectly
respectable people who ve served their
country, fought in wars, been in the
healthcare system, the education sys-
tem, they ve worked their whole lives
for the country and paid every penny
of tax that was earned, their children
have gone on to become honourable
citizens and they ve never owned a
The third class is what I call tran-
sitional renters: I ll just make up a
fictitious couple---they went to UWI
they fell in love, got married, qualified
in various things, ambitious and want
to buy a house. They get a place to
rent and everybody knows---the girl s
family, the boy s family, all their
friends---they re just renting there for
a while and they re saving money to
buy a piece of land.
Three or four years later they ve
saved the money and they buy the
piece of land.
The fourth class is the owner-occu-
pier, a family living in a house they
The fifth class is the class of person
we never discuss in T&T, the person
who has so much money they can
buy as many houses as they want---
15, 20, 30 houses. Multiple home-
I now want to link the things
together...If you want to have an
informed discourse about land space
or affordable housing provision, it s
impossible to do so unless you factor
in all the five stages of the equation,
in particular the class of person who
owns 20 and 30 houses.
Because the impact of those people
on the market is that the developers
can go out and buy up blocks of land
that are available, put a certain price
on those lands, put up buildings, and
people who are multiple homeowners
can come in and buy three, four, five,
six units. And that is the impact. The
two sides relate to each other across
that mental boundary.
So that means the wealthy are get-
ting richer off the poor, exactly like
what happens in London?
Do you think the solution is to
limit these multiple homeowners to
a maximum limit of properties?
Well, that is verging on a zone
where you re possibly trampling on
the rights to enjoyment of property
set out in the preamble to our Con-
stitution. But it s an interesting con-
cept that one has to toy with, because
a limit on ownership isn t the only
mechanism that could be effective.
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HOMEFRONT from Page A37
"The time is nigh for a proper housing policy review to see what were
our targets, what were the methods we deployed, what have we
achieved and how well have we done? What is the quantity of resources
we've consumed? What are the lessons learned? What methods were
effective and ineffective? Unless we conduct a review, we are in grave
danger of repeating the errors of the past" ---Afra Raymond, president of
the Joint Consultative Council,
Some couples save for years
before buying their own home.
Continues on Page A42
Five types of housing needs
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