The National Housing Authority (NHA) has purchased 12.5 acres at the cost of US$40,000 in D. Wiles Town near VOA to begin the construction of 54 duplexes (108 units) for erosion victims from West Point.
Addressing a group of West Point residents displaced by erosion in the township, NHA deputy managing director for technical services yesterday assured them that the construction will begin in about two weeks.
He said the project was initially intended to cover 25 acres, but that the government has so far been able to make only half of the money available to begin the construction of the housing units.
“We thank you for your patience because the project involves planning and resources,” Allison said as the residents cheered him on. “After clearings and other works, we will begin the construction in about two weeks from today.”
He said the cost of a housing unit is estimated at US$18,000 and commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the government for making the initial amount ready for the project.
A unit will include two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room and a back porch. The construction work is divided among nine Liberian-owned construction companies, said Allison.
Rev. Demore W. Moore, chairman of the Disaster Victims Assistance of West Point, commended the government for its initiative to build the homes.
Speaking on behalf of the West Point Commissioner, Rev. Demore W. Moore recounted the suffering of many West Point residents, and the efforts to find temporary residences for them.
He said over 200 residents are presently displaced because of the continuous erosion in the township. He appealed for blankets, buckets, mattresses, cooking utensils and other household items needed to ease the suffering of the victims.
Mr. Stephen B. Scott, field supervisor from the Liberian Refugee Repatriation & Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), also commended the residents for their patience and assured them of LRRRC’s support.
In his remarks, Commissioner Soko D. Wiles of the Brewerville City Council spoke about the need for Liberians to support each other in times of crises. He said his family decided to sell the land to the government to provide homes for distressed citizens from West Point.
District #17 representative aspirant Abraham C. Sessay, Chief Executive Officer of Red Power FM 100.3, thanked the people of the district for exercising patience while the government endeavors to make money available to start the project.
He pledged his support to ensure that the distressed Liberians from West Point get relief. “We will do our best to work together to make your stay better,” he told the gathering.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Victims Assistance (DVA) group is constructing three tents as temporary shelter for three family heads of eight persons per family, for a total of 24 persons that are expected to be resettled in the community.
For more than a year, erosion has affected hundreds in the Township of West Point. The NHA provided over 30 families temporary zinc houses in VOA near Brewerville.
The construction on the original 25 acres will include 108 duplexes at an estimated cost of US$1.3m. The project is funded by the Liberian government to resettle hundreds of erosion victims from the township of West Point.