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Dick to get HDC home if son qualifies
Allison Dick and her family may get a home from the HDC before Christmas, once they meet the requisite qualifications.
So said HDC’s managing director Brent Lyons as he visited the woman who has been sleeping with her children under the staircase of a condemned HDC apartment block at Harmony Hall, Gasparillo, after being evicted by the HDC in March along with 24 other families.
Lyons said the HDC will do a social assessment on Dick’s predicament tomorrow.
“We are trying to see if her son qualifies to get the apartment. We anticipate that we should wrap that up and they will be in a home by Christmas once they qualify,” Lyons added. He also said there was no decision to demolish the condemned apartment blocks at Harmony Hall, which are overgrown with bushes.
Saying Dick’s circumstances were unfortunate, Lyons said HDC was not the solution to all social ills.
Meanwhile, Housing Minister Randall Mitchell, at a key distribution function in San Fernando yesterday, said Dick had not paid a cent to HDC after her initial deposit in 2010. “Where is the Children’s Authority and what is their position? Why were the children not placed in a safe shelter if the parents cannot provide for them? We have a Ministry of Social Development. Did social workers visit and what was the outcome of those visits?” he asked.
Mitchell said the giving of a house was not “the panacea to cure all social ills”.
Dick admitted that she lived for seven years in an HDC apartment without paying. She explained that she had fallen on hard times and could no longer work because of health complications.
Her eldest son works as a security officer and her 20-year-old daughter is pregnant. She also has four other children aged 16, nine and two seven-year-old twins as well as her four-year-old granddaughter.
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