The general objective of the programme is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of the urban built environment. The specific objectives are to: (i) improve the habitability in urban settlements on State‑owned lands; (ii) improve the physical quality and economic performance of urban public spaces; (iii) enhance housing conditions for low income households (income threshold of TT$8,000 per month); and (iv) strengthen the capacity of supply‑side stakeholders to satisfy effective housing demand.
This innovative and cost-effective programme is designed to improve the housing conditions and community facilities of residents in rural and peri-urban areas. The Housing and Village Improvement Programme utilises the Aided Self- Help approach with the objective of targeting residents of disadvantaged villages through the creation of an enabling environment in which the community residents can achieve sustainable development through the provision of housing and village improvement.
Through the Housing and Village Improvement Programme, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MHUD) intends to change the physical environment of selected villages on an individual and a communal basis. The intention here is to uplift the lives of families through the development of communities that are functional, attractive and encourages communication and enables collaboration.
The intervention provided by this programme, therefore, occurs on two levels:
- The Individual Household Level; and
- The Village Improvement Level.