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The Hon. Ronald Bulkan Minister of Communities

The Hon. Valerie Patterson

The Hon. Valerie Patterson, Minister within the Ministry of Communities

Welcome to the Central Housing & Planning Authority (Guyana)

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), was established in 1948, vide the Housing Act, Chapter 36:20, to address the housing needs of the citizens of Guyana. The Agency, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Communities, has the following primary objectives:

  • Divestment of Government land to eligible Guyanese for residential use.
  • Development of housing schemes and regularization and upgrade of squatter settlements.
  • Orderly and progressive development of Land, Cities, Towns, Urban and Rural areas.
  • Granting security of tenure, (Transports and Certificates of Title to Land).
  • Preparation of development plans for urban centers.
  • Provision of services (access roads, internal road networks, water distribution networks, drainage, electricity).
  • Collaboration with stakeholders for the development of sustainable communities.

Ministry of Communities, Department of Housing, Georgetown Guyana, May 11, 2017 - Wednesday, May 10th 2017, The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA), together with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), began a series of meetings to discuss the development of a National Housing Strategy.

Wednesday’s discussion saw IDB’s delegation, led by its Housing and Urban Development Specialist, Patricio Zambrano-Barragan, meeting with CH&PA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lelon Saul, Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Water Incorporated, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities, Emile McGarrell and representatives from the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission, National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, Environment Protection Agency, Guyana Power and Light and Mayor and City Council. 

The housing strategy being developed will be built on the housing profile created by UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Central Housing and Planning Authority. The Guyana Housing Profile was completed in February 2017.

The National Housing Strategy will form the basis upon which the housing sector will move forward. The Strategy will address the expansion of housing supply, improving affordability and access to adequate housing.

In December 2016, the IDB, following a request from the Government of Guyana, approved US$ 517, 250 for “support for the Development of a National Housing Strategy.”

Through IDB’s Housing and Urban Development Division, the Central Housing and Planning Authority will receive support to develop a National Housing Strategy as part of the broader Sustainable Development Goals to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Following meetings with key stakeholders in the Ministry of Communities, it was agreed that the project will address several critical areas: Improving institutional capacity of the CH&PA to design, manage and implement housing and Urban policy; Strengthen CH&PA’s capacity to manage and analyse territorial information and to facilitate multi-sectoral knowledge-sharing on housing and urban development topics.

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Mission Statement

To formulate policies in the Human Settlement and Water Sectors and to Monitor the implementation of plans, programmes and projects designed to satisfy the Housing and Water needs of the Population.