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  • The Government has been provided with US$125,000 by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) to implement the second phase of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).
  • Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy made the disclosure during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 4.
  • Dr. Guy informed that this phase is to be implemented in the urban centres of Montego Bay, Old Harbour/Old Harbour Bay, and May Pen.

The Government has been provided with US$125,000 by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) to implement the second phase of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).

An initiative of the UN Habitat, the PSUP aims to advance the living conditions in urban areas, thus contributing to Millennium Development Goal 7, Target 11, which speaks to significantly improving the lives of millions of informal settlers across the globe by 2020.

Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy made the disclosure during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 4.

He said a new Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for phase two of the programme, which will see the government proceeding with action planning and programme document formulation.

Dr. Guy informed that this phase is to be implemented in the urban centres of Montego Bay, Old Harbour/Old Harbour Bay, and May Pen.

He noted that Jamaica, along with 33 other countries, completed phase one of the programme, which encompassed the rapid profiling of the country’s cities and towns.

Implementation of this programme is in keeping with the Government’s work to address the issue of illegal land settlements across the country.

It is estimated that there are over 700 residential squatter settlements islandwide, involving more than 100,000 households.