After three and a half years in office, on the eve of general elections, the Team Unity administration after all the promises whilst in opposition has delivered just forty houses to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. While on the campaign trail, Team Unity promised the people of St. Kitts and Nevis more homes to meet the ever-increasing demand for housing. Young men and women more than ever before have grown accustomed to the idea of owning their own home.
The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has established a track record of leading a housing revolution in St. Kitts, building over 1250 homes in each term in office, for a total of nearly 6000 homes in nearly twenty years in government. That is the level of performance that the citizens have become accustomed to.
Team Unity, on the other hand, has over-promised and woefully under-delivered. Men and women of all age groups have been met with nothing but a government that is unresponsive to their basic needs. On taking office, the current administration met over 100 homes that were ready for distribution. Over the last three and a half years, it has built a paltry 40 homes, an underwhelming 5 houses per constituency. That is the record of Hon. Eugene Hamilton and Dr. Timothy Harris.
The Labour Party team of representatives promises to usher in a period of even greater expansion in housing. The present Team Unity government does not believe in empowerment through housing. Young aspiring citizens have been diverted from the National Housing Corporation (NHC) to the commercial banks where the interest rates and the required documentation are far too onerous for most of them.
Labour cares and in the next term in office, it will introduce the largest housing construction programme ever.