HAJ to Provide More Than 2,000 Housing Solutions

Photo: Rudranath Fraser Managing Director of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), Gary Howell, addresses JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently.

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  • The Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ) will be rolling out more than 2,000 housing solutions for middle- to low-income persons over a three-year period.
  • Speaking at a recently held JIS ‘Think Tank’, Managing Director of the HAJ, Mr. Gary Howell, said the need for affordable options for aspiring homeowners is growing steadily and the agency is determined to play its part in responding to the existing needs.
  • Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the HAJ, Richard Jones, informed that in the current 2017/18 period, a total of 115 solutions will be delivered in Green Pond, St. James; and Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

The Housing Agency of Jamaica Limited (HAJ) will be rolling out more than 2,000 housing solutions for middle- to low-income persons over a three-year period.

The solutions will include housing units as well as serviced lots across a number of parishes.

Speaking at a recently held JIS ‘Think Tank’, Managing Director of the HAJ, Mr. Gary Howell, said the need for affordable options for aspiring homeowners is growing steadily and the agency is determined to play its part in responding to the existing needs.

“We are now in the process of finalising some outstanding developments in a few areas, and we expect to hand over some units in Whitehall, Negril, in a matter of weeks. We have had our challenges over the years, but we have worked hard to overcome a number of them to get things done,” said Mrs. Howell.

Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the HAJ, Richard Jones, informed that in the current 2017/18 period, a total of 115 solutions will be delivered in Green Pond, St. James; and Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

He added that over the 2018/19 period, the agency expects to complete 160 units cumulatively in Reid’s Pen, St. Catherine; and Belair in St. Ann.

“Further on the horizon are 530 serviced lots and 300 housing units in Grange Pen, St. James; 500 units in St. Catherine and an additional 100 housing units and serviced lots in Westmoreland,” Mr. Jones noted.

He indicated that the developments sometimes become delayed due to a number of factors as it relates to location, specific building requirements and other infrastructural matters.

“The due diligence has to be done to ensure that the fundamental requirements are met before we can proceed with any development, to ensure that all stakeholders are protected at all times,” Mr. Jones emphasised.

He added that the HAJ will also continue its drive to regularise individuals who currently settle illegally on government lands, through dialogue and customised payment arrangements to suit the specific capability of the client.

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