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  • The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is currently repositioning itself to play an even greater role in facilitating home ownership for Jamaicans.
  • Over the next twelve months, the HAJ will commence the delivery of hundreds of housing solutions.
  • Dr. Guy informed that Vernon Drive project in St. James has been added to the agency’s portfolio and will see the provision of just under 100 two-bedroom units for middle income earners.

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is currently repositioning itself to play an even greater role in facilitating home ownership for Jamaicans.

“With a vision of contributing to an improved standard of living through social transformation and the provision of affordable shelter solutions with security of tenure, Jamaicans can expect much from the agency during the year,” Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy said.

The Minister was making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.

He informed that over the next twelve months, the HAJ will commence the delivery of hundreds of housing solutions in communities such as Vernon Drive in St. James, and Luana Gardens in St. Elizabeth.

He added that the agency will also have a renewed look at the project in Grange Pen, St. James during this fiscal year.

“While work will commence in those communities, over 1,500 other Jamaicans will have units or lots turned over to them before the end of the fiscal year,” Dr. Guy said.

The solutions to be delivered include: 575 solutions in Westmoreland under Whitehall Phase 3; 196 solutions in Boscobel (Greenfield), St. Mary; 200 solutions in Luana Gardens, St. Elizabeth; and 760 solutions in Belle Air Phase 3, St. Ann.

Meanwhile, Dr. Guy informed that Vernon Drive project in St. James has been added to the agency’s portfolio and will see the provision of just under 100 two-bedroom units for middle income earners.

“This public/private partnership initiative is estimated to cost some $720 million. Furthermore, the Shooters Hill project in St. Catherine is poised to commence once the results of an environmental impact assessment are concluded. Preliminary houses designs have already been reviewed by the HAJ,” he informed.