More than 100 Norwood Residents Get Land Titles

Photo: Marlon Tingling Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (right), presents a land title to Norwood resident, Marcia Small. More than 100 residents of the St. James community received their titles during a ceremony held on Sunday (July 9), at the Norwood Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Story Highlights

  • More than 100 residents of Norwood, St. James, have received land titles for the property that they occupy.
  • Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who handed over the documents, congratulated the new property owners.
  • “The Jamaican land title is an important piece of instrument. I think many of you have invested much in your homes over the years. You have worked hard… it has taken you a long time, lots of hard work and sweat, and your own self-worth, self-pride and ambition have given you a comfortable space,” he noted.

More than 100 residents of Norwood, St. James, have received land titles for the property that they occupy.

The presentation ceremony, under the Housing Agency of Jamaica’s (HAJ) land-titling programme, was held on Sunday (July 9) at the Norwood Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who handed over the documents, congratulated the new property owners.

“These are the individuals who have actually paid down for their lots and are receiving their registered titles. We have gone through certificate of ownership (and) this is a genuine registered title, insured by the Government of Jamaica, to demark the property you are on, and it is yours,” he noted.

He said that they have made an investment in their homes and the development of a regulated, respected community, and should be proud.

“The Jamaican land title is an important piece of instrument. I think many of you have invested much in your homes over the years. You have worked hard… it has taken you a long time, lots of hard work and sweat, and your own self-worth, self-pride and ambition have given you a comfortable space,” he noted.

Dr. Chang urged the residents to use the titles to improve their lives.

“You can use it in a way that you find appropriate. Whether you want to go to the bank and borrow some money and fix up the house or help pay the school fee; the title gives you that type of opportunity,” he pointed out.

He said the Government is committed to providing the necessary infrastructure and titles for residents living in informal communities.

“There are thousands of Jamaicans living in such areas… (so) what we want to do is to transform them. The programme will be adequately funded,” he noted.

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