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The relocation exercise, for residents of Hurricane-damaged communities in St. Catherine and Clarendon, will begin as early as next month.
Minister of State for Education, Youth and Culture, Senator Noel Monteith, in his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on February 3, informed that housing solutions would be provided for some 400 residents hailing from Portland Cottage, Rocky Point and Brighton in Clarendon, and Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine.
The houses are being constructed by the Office of the National Reconstruction (ONR) with assistance from funding agencies.
Providing a breakdown of the aid being given to construct the houses, the State Minister said the ONR was partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build 93 houses in Rocky Point and Portland Cottage, respectively, while the ONR was building 114.
Speaking further, he observed that, “through the efforts of the Jamaican government and the generosity of the Republic of Venezuela, that republic has built 25 houses in Brighton and is constructing 75 houses in Bourksfield, Old Harbour Bay.”
The Senator expressed appreciation to the Venezuelan government for their assistance in the reconstruction process, and also noted that the ONR has had its life extended beyond its December 2005 completion date to February 2006 “to enable it to complete its work in the housing and educational areas and wind-up its operations.”