The first twenty-two (22) families residing at a now regularised section of Plantation Hope (Enmore Grass Field), East Coast Demerara are now in possession of their Certificate of Title, in keeping with a commitment of President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali.
The first set of Titles were presented to the families today by Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water, Hon. Susan Rodrigues, less than one week after processing of the ownership documents commenced. Director of Community Development at the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA), Mr. Gladwin Charles, Head of CHPA’s Conveyance Unit, Ms. Esther Stephens and other officials were also present.
Enmore Grass Field was initially identified as farmland for Enmore Hope West residents. In the late 90s farmers began squatting in the area and regularisation began in 2011, during President Ali’s tenure as Minister of Housing and Water. Minister Rodrigues stated that the regularisation process was then stalled under the previous administration.
“We have picked up where we left off then and today you will finally be able to put an end to that process to allow you to receive your title documents so that you can finally move on with the rest of your life and put an end to this chapter,” said Minister Rodrigues.
Some fifty-five lots were created in the area and fifty-two persons were verified and issued allocation letters. Processing of titles commenced on May 15, 2023 following an outreach to the community. Minister Rodrigues stated that the Titles play a crucial role in the homeownership process, as it gives each family a form of independence.
“It may seem like a piece of paper or just a document but it is an extremely empowering thing. It’s putting financial freedom in your hand and it is giving you a peace of mind that nothing else can give you.”
The remaining persons will be able to process and receive their titles at a later date. During the activity, residents also used the opportunity to interact with the Minister and raise issues affecting them.