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Opposition Spokesperson on Land, Housing, Water and Environment, Dr. Horace Chang, is calling on Government to move quickly to implement a comprehensive national housing policy.

He argued that the policy, along with a well established public/private partnership, “can provide the basis for significant increases in the number of housing starts, maybe enough to catch up with our demand and satisfy the housing needs of Jamaicans.”

Dr. Chang was making his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate on June 4, in the House of Representatives.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, is taking steps to formulate a policy, to give strategic direction to the housing sector and to enable the Government to meet its vision/target of providing access to adequate and secure shelter for all Jamaicans by 2030.

The National Housing Policy and Implementation Plan is seeking to: promote a wide range of housing choices for all income levels; develop a framework to promote the sustainable use of resources in the housing sector; and foster partnerships with the private sector and other providers to increase the supply of additional housing solutions to meet projected demand.

Other objectives include: implementing programmes to maintain the present housing stock and rehabilitate blighted areas, through promoting reinvestment in these areas and infill housing; rationalising the roles of the public sector agencies directly involved in the provision of housing; providing a framework to support the delivery of social housing, particularly for the vulnerable and disadvantaged; and streamlining the role of the housing finance sector to increase accessibility and reduce bureaucracy.

Contact: Latonya Linton