WHAT ABOUT US?: Members of the Blind Welfare Association (BWA) protest outside their headquarters at Coffee Street, San Fernando, on Thursday demanding equity in the distribution of Housing Development Corporation homes to the differently-abled.


Only those in the North got HDC homes

South Blind Welfare members cry foul:

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com  

VISUALLY-IMPAIRED persons living in south Trinidad are hoping they will be able to move into new houses soon, with the help of the Housing Development Corporation(HDC).

Yesterday three members of the Blind Welfare Association met with HDC officials at the HDC's south office near Circular Road in San Fernando.

The meeting was held a day after members protested outside the association's office at Coffee Street.

Protesting persons said they felt discriminated because only visually-impaired persons from north Trinidad received keys to a home during a ceremony on Monday, at which 500 persons received keys to their new HDC properties.

Deonarine Ragoo, the association's south branch manager said a list of ten names were submitted to HDC yesterday. Eight of the person listed already had already been interviewed, as part of the application process.

Two interviews were conducted yesterday.

Ragoo said he was told that the HDC staff would prepare the necessary documentation to give to HDC's managing director Jearlean John, who would forward the information to Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal for consideration.

Ragoo said, "Based on the discussions and how it went, I really would want to believe and think that they are treating it with some kind of urgency. There must be some way that we should be able to qualify at least this ten for consideration."

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