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Water and Housing Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has said that he is pleased with the progress of the Accelerated Housing Programme, which is aimed at providing affordable housing solutions for young working class Jamaicans.
Dr. Chang was speaking to media representatives at a seminar, which was held on February 18, at the Couples San Souci Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
“In terms of this region, and St. Ann in particular, we should begin the Mount Edgecombe/Bel-Air programme, which is earmarked to provide over 2,000 units in a very short time. In fact, we expect that by the end of March, we should start that programme which is the biggest one for this area and it is designed for the hotel worker,” the Minister noted.
Pointing to other areas in the parish, which are to benefit under the programme, he said that upgrading work would soon begin in the Roaring River area, and that such work was expected to be carried out within the first quarter of the new financial year.
“We are currently doing some work in Shaw Park, which is really upgrading the infrastructure and we have done some work in Mammee Bay, which is to complete the development of that area,” he said, noting that the development in the areas combined should bring a significant number of houses to the parish.
He further informed that the government was in an advanced stage of discussion about the Lydford/Walkerswood area, where lands owned by the government were appropriate for housing development.
“We have chosen that area into Moneague, because when the highway comes through, it will pass very near to that corridor and therefore it is very appropriate for housing for the resort area,” he said, assuring that the Ministry was working assiduously to arrest the informal settlement and seek to bring informal settlers into the formal system.
With the Accelerated Housing Programme having far reaching positive effects, Minister Chang stated that over in St. Mary, work would begin soon in Boscobel where some 300 new units would be established and the upgrading of informal settlement carried out.
“In Trelawny we have just launched Hampden with a total of 288 new units and we are about to examine how we can start work on the Dry Valley area to bring houses for workers,” he said.
The Seminar attracted representatives from various service clubs and financial institutions, real estate agents, lawyers and Justices of the Peace as well as others.

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