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Unemployed persons can still apply for houselots – Housing Minister

Unemployed citizens who have questions surrounding the requirements to apply for houselots and housing benefits are being assured that they can be allocated houselots even though they are not working.

The Minister of Housing and Water Collin Croal gave this assurance, as he was being interviewed by the Guyana Dialogue recently.

Minister of Housing and Water, Collin Croal.

Croal explained that it would be difficult to classify these persons, but the ministry considers the applicant as the government works to ensure all Guyanese become homeowners.

“If they are unemployed, the difficulty would be like their classification because they’re not showing a source of income. But once in the interview process that they can satisfy to say how they’ll be able to pay for that land, well then that information is inputted into the system, and they can be allocated,” he posited.

However, the applicant must first solemnly state that they would be able to pay for the house lots through an affidavit.

An affidavit is a written statement voluntarily made by an affiant or deponent under oath or affirmation, which is administered by a person who is authorised to do so by law.

“I may be unemployed, but in my situation, I have family members who might be willing to assist. We do take that into consideration…but you’ll have to state that and put that in an affidavit," Minister said while giving an example.

The Housing Minister related that even pensioners have been applying for houselots and usually their main source of income is their pension.


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