Greetings!

Thank you for your interest in sharing your insights on our "Public and Affordable Housing Policy & Ten Year Strategic Plan."
Through this endeavour, The Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Development (PAHITD) is looking for innovative ways to alleviate housing and sheltering challenges and increase Caymanians' ability to purchase affordable homes, while preserving and protecting our unique culture.

Your comments are extremely valuable to developing housing policies that strategically meet the needs of our communities during the next decade. Your responses will remain confidential and will be reviewed, analyzed and studied by the public policy firm Public Works LLC responsible for producing the report for PAHITD.

At the conclusion of the survey, you'll have the opportunity to enter your name via a separate link for a drawing for gift cards! Your name will not be connected to your survey. So be sure to enter!

Again, thank you for your thoughts -- they will surely be heard.

The Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and Development
ABOUT YOU | THIS HELPS US UNDERSTAND UNIQUE NEEDS AMONG DIVERSE POPULATIONS

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* 1. Which best describes your age?

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* 2. In which district/island do you reside?

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* 3. How long have you lived in the Cayman Islands?

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* 4. Which best describes your residency status?

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* 5. Which best describes your housing status?

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* 6. Do you live in the home you were raised in (ancestral home)?

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* 7. Which best describes your employment status?

LET'S TALK ABOUT AFFORDABILITY

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* 9. A popular standard for being able to afford rent or a mortgage is to spend no more than 30% of your household income on housing including mortgage, rent payments and insurance. Which best describes your situation?

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* 10. If you own a home, do you ever worry that you won't be able to make mortgage payments and could eventually lose your home? (If you own your home and have no mortgage, skip this question).

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* 11. How much of an impact do the following factors have in making rent or mortgage payments unaffordable? (If you own your home and have no mortgage, skip this question).

  Very High Impact High Impact Moderate Impact Low Impact Very Low Impact
Utility bills
Food bills
Rent/mortgage increases
Child Care Expenses
Clothing Expenses
Transportation Expenses
Health Care Expenses
Education/School Expenses
Cell Phone/Internet Expenses
Homeowners Insurance/Strata

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* 12. When it comes to renting a place to live, how challenging are the following for you?

   Major Challenge Moderate Challenge Minor Challenge Not a Challenge Non-Applicable
Finding a place that's affordable
Saving enough money for a down payment/deposit
Finding an affordable place that's safe and meets acceptable standards
Finding a place that's available
Finding a location that's convenient to work/school
Finding a location with access to transit/amenities
Rent Increases

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* 13. If you are or have been interested in buying a home, how challenging do you find the following: (If no interest in buying a home, please skip this question).

  Major Challenge Moderate Challenge Minor Challenge Not A Challenge Non-Applicable
Saving enough money for a down payment
Requirements/application process to get a mortgage
Interest rate/mortgage increases
Escalating housing prices
Costs of building a home (permits, land, materials, labour, construction)
Lack of
"First Time Buyer" Incentives
YOUR HOUSING PREFERENCES

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* 14.
How much would you prefer living in a single family home with a yard?

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* 15. How much would you prefer living in a Bungalow Court (Small houses/ central yard/garden)?

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* 16. How much would you prefer living in a Duplex (neighbors share a wall or floor/ceiling)?

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* 17. How much would you prefer living in a Townhouse (two or more townhouses in rows)?

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* 18. How much would you prefer living in a Multiplex home (2 or more family units in one building)?

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* 19. How much would you prefer living in a Courtyard Apartment (1-3 stories high with center courtyard).

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* 20. How much would you prefer living in mixed-use housing: homes, apartments & mid-rise building?

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* 21. Which of the following areas do you prefer most to live in?

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* 22. If you are raising a family, what is the size of your household? (If not, simply skip this question).

STRATEGIES TO CREATE MORE HOUSING OPTIONS FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

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* 23. How would you prioritise the following strategies to be considered as part of this plan?

  Extremely High Priority High Priority Moderate Priority Low Priority Not A Priority
Government built public or social housing
Provide income-based Rental Assistance
Institute Rent Control laws
Provide subsidies for First Time Home Owners
Provide Fixed Rate Mortgages
Provide subsidies for solar installs

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* 24. How would you suggest the Government prioritise these additional strategies to be considered as part of this plan?

  Extremely High Priority High Priority Moderate Priority Low Priority Not A Priority
Tenant Bill of Rights for Renters
Housing Rights Legislation to protect against unsafe living conditions
Income-based Utility Bill Assistance
Change zoning laws to encourage increased density
Government & private sector create partnerships to increase affordable housing

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* 25. What's the most important thing you think would help the average Caymanian involving housing issues?

STRATEGIES TO ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

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* 26. How valuable do you consider the following strategies to encourage housing development on the Cayman Islands?

  Extremely Valuable Valuable Somewhat Valuable Not too valuable No valuable, at all.
Develop Mixed-Use Housing (e.g. Camana Bay model or Harbour Walk, Grand Harbour ) for mixed-incomes.
Reserve low density land for Caymanians to purchase.
Employers must ensure that their guest workers will be safely housed.
Develop George Town as a mixed-use housing  walkable community with commercial amenities
Assure environmental protections in housing planning.
Create a housing fund whereby developers contribute to it if they don't build inclusive housing.

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* 27. What would you like to see this Housing Policy and 10-Year Strategic Plan accomplish? What would success look like to you?

If you'd like to enter the drawing for gift cards and receive an update on the plan, be sure to click the link on the Thank You Page after you click DONE.

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