JIS News

Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, has said that the Ministry is putting together a policy document for the housing sector, which should be ready by the end of the year.
Dr. Chang, who spoke to JIS News after a tour of Dougall Flooring Limited on Bay Farm Road in Kingston on (Jan. 8), said the policy will “cover all levels of housing – upper level income, middle income, lower middle income and of course, low income.”
“We hope to have a total policy to ensure that every Jamaican has access to an affordable home of good quality, and in a well designed environmentally friendly community,” he stated.
According to Dr. Chang, the last policy on the housing sector was “maybe written back in the 1960s and was upgraded in the 1980s and none has been done since.”He told JIS News that the Ministry is working with the World Bank on the policy, along with local experts.
In the meantime, Dr. Chang indicated that the Ministry will be placing focus on low income housing “because nobody does that now. Most of the development is taking place in the middle and upper incomes from $8 million and up into $35 million.”
“We need homes, shelter solutions in the region of $1.5 to $3 million so that every worker can have access and that would be the drive for the Ministry for the next couple of years,” the Minister stated.

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