Ms Gladyet Walters of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, is the latest recipient of a social home provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Development.

She received the keys to her new residence through the ministry’s Housing Recovery Assistance Programme, a project initiated in response to the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Vincent Wheatley, expressed his delight at the handover ceremony, congratulating Miss Walters on becoming a homeowner.

He encouraged her to cherish and maintain her new home with care and affection. Wheatley also took the opportunity to commend his ministry’s team for their unwavering commitment to assisting residents, especially those on the Sister Islands.

“They have done a great deal of work in ensuring that Miss Walters and other residents across the Territory benefit from this programme. We have been doing these social homes all over the Virgin Islands, in Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and on Tortola, and we intend to continue. Therefore, I am pleased to hand over yet another house this year and also another house on one of our sister islands,” said Wheatley.

Ms Walters expressed her profound gratitude for the new home, acknowledging the significant positive impact it has had on her life.

“I am deeply grateful for my new social home that means so much to me and I want to thank everyone who made this possible. This has truly transformed my life,” she stated.

Since its inception, the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme has successfully built more than 27 homes and repaired over 200, providing crucial support to the residents of the Virgin Islands as they rebuild their lives post-hurricanes.

The programme continues to play a vital role in the recovery and development of the territory, ensuring that vulnerable individuals and families have access to safe and secure housing.