PORT ANTONIO — Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. the Hon. Horace Chang, on Thursday (March 31) toured the housing project in Manchioneal, Portland, which was developed to accommodate families displaced by the passage of Hurricane Gustav in 2008.
The property, located in the Waybridge area, was developed at a cost of $25.5 million as a joint venture involving the Ministry, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and Food for the Poor. It represents residual lands from the Darlington Housing Scheme, which was built in 1977.
The land has been subdivided into 25 housing lots to accommodate the affected families, with area for community space. A total of nine families have already been relocated to the site and are residing in units provided by Food for the Poor. Beneficiaries were chosen after being investigated and verified in respect of the damage done to their homes.
The visit gave Dr. Chang a firsthand look at the project to satisfy himself about the progress of the development.
The Housing Minister, who was accompanied by technical officers, said he was pleased with the work done and commended Food for the Poor and ODPEM for the support they have provided to make the initiative a reality.
He informed that each relocated household has been given a grant of $55,000 to purchase building material to construct sanitary facilities, and a 400-gallon tank for water storage.
ODPEM provided funding for the project through the Disaster Mitigation Fund.
By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS Reporter