Ayasia May LaFleur is the proud owner of a new, semi-furnished home at the New Prospect Housing Scheme, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported yesterday.
The resident of GuyHoc Park Squatting Area and mother of nine was squatting since the age of 23, DPI said. She said that she applied 12 years ago for a house lot and hoped that her fortune would change under the Coalition Government since she got “nowhere” under the previous administration.
DPI said that LaFleur decided to visit the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA) Open House Exhibition on Sunday, March 31. Like hundreds of others, she filled out a coupon for a chance to win a free house courtesy of the CH&PA. The 41-year-old was in the Giftland Mall shopping when she got the call.
“I was so happy. I screamed out in the Mall. Everybody around me wanted to know what happened but my friend who was with me said, ‘Ok take it easy. Let’s go and hear what they have to say,’” she recalled.
Minister within the Ministry of Communities, with responsibility for Housing, Valarie Adams-Yearwood said she had hoped that the house would be won be by someone, “who really, really, really needed it.” According to the minister, the house is valued at $4M and the plot of land is $100,000. LaFleur only has to pay $100,000 for the land, within the next six months.
LaFleur will receive the keys to her home on Friday, April 5. It will be equipped with a microwave, bed, television and maybe a few other amenities, the minister said.