The National Housing Trust (NHT) will be constructing two new housing schemes in Clarendon, which are expected to provide housing solutions for more than 1,000 persons.
The schemes will be constructed in the Sheckles and Longville Park communities.
Deputy Chairman of the Board of the NHT, Patrick Lawrence made the announcement at the organisation's customer appreciation day function held at the May Pen Branch recently. The occasion also commemorated the Trust's 30th Anniversary.
He also noted that in order to facilitate better service, the Trust would be undertaking the establishment of a modern office complex including an auditorium, to house the May Pen Branch.
The construction of this new facility is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2007.
"This parish is blessed with some of the finest staff members in the organisation. Presently they and our clients carry out their daily transactions under very challenging conditions and that is why, in a short while, the staff and our customers will enjoy the comforts of one of our most modern branches in the organisation. The plan is to build a massive complex, which will include an auditorium and office space for rental," he said.
Mr. Lawrence also said that Clarendon had played an important role in the growth of the NHT as the leading housing finance institution in the country, as the parish now ranked among the top three branches in terms of mortgages, benefits, contributions and assets.
"The parish boasts Ashley Hall, the very first housing scheme ever developed by the Trust as well as 15 other housing schemes," he pointed out.
Judith Thompson, NHT May Pen Branch Manager told JIS News that to date a total of 9,000 beneficiaries were now registered at that branch.
The Customer Appreciation Day also featured presentations of trophies to 12 year-old Javanne Daley of Hayes Primary and Junior High School who won the NHT parish poster competition, and to the Longville Park Housing Scheme for winning the NHT's Inter-scheme Quiz competition.
A number of companies were also recognized by the Trust for consistent support, including the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Inland Revenue Department, Versalles Hotel, Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT), the National Commercial Bank (NCB), the legal firm Scott Bhoorasingh and Bonnick, proprietors Ivanhoe Kenny, Henry Morant, and Ronald Irving, among others.
The Digicel Rising Stars winning trio for 2006, 'One Third', entertained the audience, while customers received 30th anniversary souvenir items.