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Fifty homeowners will soon have their outstanding mortgage balances written off, and their titles officially presented to them at a ceremony.

The gesture is part of the Government’s commemoration of Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence, under the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing’s Jubilee Housing initiative.

Making the announcement in his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, May 21, Minister without Portfolio, with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy stated that suitable beneficiaries have now been identified and plans for the ceremony are now being arranged.

“The potential beneficiaries have been drawn from all parishes wherever there are active housing schemes being operated by the Ministry,” the Minister pointed out.

Meanwhile, Dr. Guy said he has mandated the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to accelerate its titling programme, with a view to transferring 5,000 of the remainder of the 9,000 titles to Operation Pride beneficiaries.

Some of the areas concerned include: Bedward Gardens and St. Benedicts in East Rural St. Andrew; Gravel Heights, Eastern St. Catherine; Spanish Villa/Woodland, Central St. Catherine; Norwood, North West St. James; Retirement I and II, West Central St. James; Whitehouse, Eastern Westmoreland; Boscobel Brownfield, Western St. Mary; Galloway, Central Westmoreland; Lower Works, South West St. Elizabeth; Vaughnsfield, Southern St. James; and Dunbeholden, Southern St. Catherine.

Regarding the other 4,000, Dr. Guy assured that when land ownership, surveying, and land acquisition challenges are resolved, the titles for these will be issued over the medium term.

Contact: Alphea Saunders