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  • Local Government and Community Development Minister, the Hon. Desmond Mckenzie, says $300, 000 has been provided to furnish two houses in St. Ann that have been constructed under the Indigent Housing Project.
  • The two studio units, which consist of a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen area, were constructed in the communities of Lime Hall and Beecher Town at a cost of $1.8 million each.
  • Speaking at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay, on Friday (December 14), Minister McKenzie says the provision “will ensure that persons, who are benefiting from these two units will not just have a roof over their heads but will have a bed, a stove, a refrigerator.”

Local Government and Community Development Minister, the Hon. Desmond Mckenzie, says $300, 000 has been provided to furnish two houses in St. Ann that have been constructed under the Indigent Housing Project.

The two studio units, which consist of a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen area, were constructed in the communities of Lime Hall and Beecher Town at a cost of $1.8 million each.

Speaking at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay, on Friday (December 14), Minister McKenzie says the provision “will ensure that persons, who are benefiting from these two units will not just have a roof over their heads but will have a bed, a stove, a refrigerator.”

Six houses have been constructed under the Indigent Housing Project, with construction to begin on four more in January 2019.

In the meantime, Minister McKenzie is urging Jamaicans to place special emphasis on assisting those in need during the Christmas season.

“Christmas is a time of giving, it is a time that we express love. It is a time that you should go beyond the norm to extend the privilege that we have that many will never have,” he said.

For his part, Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Councillor Michael Belnavis urged the residents to ensure that the true meaning of Christmas is highlighted as they celebrate the season.

“It’s not all those fancy lights and the Christmas cake and the sorrel. That is the celebration of it. It is the Lord Christ Jesus being born. We are celebrating that event because He saved our lives,” he noted.

Scores of residents turned out to participate in the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which was organised by the Civil Affairs and Community Relations Committee of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.

The ceremony featured the singing of carols and performances from various high school students as well as local entertainers.