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Professional Development Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity Guyana Inc. (HFHGY) has three professional development opportunities for youth interested in learning and contributing to the following program areas:

For more information email onika.stellingburg@habitat.org.gy or info@habitat.org.gy or call 231-7664

Submitting your applications:

  • By Email – send your completed application and copies of supporting documents to onika.stellingburg@habitat.org.gy copied to info@habitat.org.gy.
  • Hard copy submission – submit it in a seal envelope clearly marked “Young Professionals Program” address to Habitat for Humanity Guyana Inc. Lot 45 Hadfield Street, Wek-en-Rust Georgetown, Guyana

Application Deadline: August 14, 2015

Affordable Housing the Key in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

On October 7, 2014 – Habitat for Humanity Guyana hosted a panel discussion at the Theatre Guild, Kingstown, Georgetown, examining two issues: (i) access to affordable housing in Guyana and (2) the impact of affordable housing on breaking the poverty cycle among Guyanese families. The Panelists included the Distinguished Professor, Dr. Clive Thomas, Professor of Economics-University of Guyana, Mrs. Jennifer Cipriani, Marketing Manager-Scotia Bank Guyana, Mr. Rawle Small, National Director-Habitat for Humanity and Mr. Leonard Gildarie, Editor-Kaieteur News.

Emerging from the discussion was a central theme – The need to re-think housing approach. Other issues included the need for a National Housing Policy as opposed to a Government Housing Policy; a call for local commercial banks to treat mortgages and mortgage assessments using an asset-based approach as oppose to a liability or debt-based approach; the former considers the equity and overall value of the mortgage overtime. Other key issues involved the need for greater collaboration and partnership among the different market actors within the housing sector, innovate housing finance models such as housing micro-finance, rent-to-own, accessible tax credits to mortgagers, in particular low-income earning families, the establishment of a national homeowners association and updated property rights regulation and localized governance.

The discussion ended with a call by audience members for another similar event that explores other housing issues and opportunities. Habitat for Humanity Guyana is in the process of completing a housing study that explored access to housing finance and the impact of affordable housing on breaking the cycle of poverty in Guyana.

There is now near universal agreement regarding the solution. Priorities must include more affordable housing and strategies to strengthen our poorest and most isolated communities.

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