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The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), through the Government of Jamaica, has secured a loan of US$71.2 million from the Chinese Government to develop some 3,300 shelter solutions.
This disclosure was made by Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 18).
Dr. Chang noted that the shelter solutions will be spread between Luana Gardens in St. Elizabeth, and Belle Air 3 and Mt. Edgecombe in St. Ann.
“The Belle Air 3 project is of particular importance as the surpluses generated will off-set the cost of critical infrastructure to complete three long outstanding projects in that area, namely Belle Air 1 and 2 and Mt. Edgecombe,” he said.
The Housing Minister said that once completed, these projects will provide affordable solutions for hotel workers and halt the proliferation of squatting in the Runaway Bay area of St. Ann.
“Work on the design phase of the project is far advanced and construction should commence during the second quarter of this financial year,” he told the House.