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  • The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be working with the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to achieve its target of distributing approximately 3,500 registered titles to landowners.
  • Of that number, a total of 3,038 persons currently residing in Operation PRIDE schemes across the island are expected to receive titles, under the HAJ’s land titling programme.
  • The Ministry will be working to disburse approximately 430 titles to residents this fiscal year, from a projected 635 titles to be splintered.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be working with the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to achieve its target of distributing approximately 3,500 registered titles to landowners, during this financial year.

Of that number, a total of 3,038 persons currently residing in Operation PRIDE schemes across the island are expected to receive titles, under the HAJ’s land titling programme.

Among the communities to benefit are Boscobel and Wentworth, in St. Mary; Whitehouse, Galloway and Egypt in Westmoreland; Beverley Flats, Gravel Heights and Dunbeholden, in St. Catherine; Flankers, Pitfour, Meadowsvale and Lilliput, in St. James; Dumphries and Donaldson in St. Thomas; Fonthill and Lower Works, in St. Elizabeth; and Oakglades, Windward Court, Mandela Terrace, Bedward Gardens, and St. Benedicts Heights in St. Andrew.

Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, who made the disclosure while contributing to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 4, said the HAJ will intensify its efforts t to distribute twice the number of titles disbursed last year.

Some 1,340 titles were issued during the 2013/14 fiscal year. Communities that benefitted include Elgin Town and Bulls Bay, in Hanover; Mount Edgecombe Phase 4 and Mammee Bay in St. Ann; Norwood, Retirement and Barrett Hall, in St. James; and Bourkesfield, Braeton Meadows and Portmore Villas in St. Catherine.

Additionally, the Ministry will be working to disburse approximately 430 titles to residents this fiscal year, from a projected 635 titles to be splintered.

“Those, along with last year’s numbers, will see over 1,700 titles being delivered this year,” informed Minister Guy.

He noted that last year, after splintering more than 1,750 titles, some 513 persons received titles to their properties. Among the beneficiaries were residents of Seaview Gardens and Arnett Gardens in St. Andrew, and Ebony Park in Clarendon.

Additionally, 50 mortgage clients of the Ministry benefitted under its Jubilee “50 for 50” Housing Initiative, which saw their mortgage balances being written off and their titles handed over.

Dr. Guy said the Ministry’s landing title programme is of great significance as it has been providing social and economic opportunities for persons from Duanvale in Trelawny to Gravel Heights in St. Catherine to Donaldson in St. Thomas.

“The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is not just impacting lives in the form of providing units and lots for Jamaicans. We are also providing solutions in the form of documentation,” he stated.

He noted that the Government plans to intensify the programme in order to increase the number of titles distributed annually.

Consequently, a task force has been established  consisting of representatives from the several state bodies including the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, which oversees the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP); the Housing Agency of Jamaica; the  National Land Agency; and the Administrator-General’s Department.

“This task force has been directed to seek solutions, which will facilitate the expeditious release and transfer of thousands of titles,” he stated.

He informed that estimates show that among the ministries, departments and agencies, there are approximately 50,000 titles that are to be transferred and delivered to purchasers and beneficiaries.

This project will have a significant impact on the economic activity and development of the country,” he stated.

“The possession of a title represents an improvement in status for the beneficiaries and is indicative of our commitment to raising their standard of living. The collective goal is that of prosperity and growth,” Dr. Guy added.

Meanwhile, the Minister informed that a number of sub-division surveys will be carried out this year to facilitate the procurement of land titles for several properties.

These include 260 strata lots at Arnett Gardens Schemes 8 and 9; 150 lots at Windsor Heights, St. Catherine; 30 lots at Kidd Lane, St. Andrew; 52 lots at Fullersfield, Westmoreland; 72 lots at 311-315 and 62 Molynes Road; and 306 lots at 33, 35, 37 and 37½ Waltham Park Road.