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Over $2 million has been contributed to the coffers of the Department of Local Government’s Indigent Housing Fund, as organizations and individuals have made good on their pledges to support the initiative.
The funds were presented at an Indigent Housing fundraising breakfast with the private sector, which was hosted by the Department of Local Government at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Thursday (Nov. 27).
The largest contributions came from the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, who gave $1 million; Digicel Jamaica Limited with $500,000; and Vehicles and Supplies with $250,000.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague, who launched the initiative, told JIS News that other persons had also made significant contributions to the fund.
“You have to remember that there are some people who do not give in public and who do not want to be identified with their contributions,” the Minister said, adding, “We are not in a position at this time to reveal the amount of money pledged so far”. He said that several churches are still tabulating the funds they received from contributions from their members.
Minister Montague announced the initiative while making his Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament on June 24. He said then, that he would be asking all the churches in Jamaica to have a special collection on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday July 13, and called on all Jamaicans to contribute. He also requested National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors who have not collected their returns to give at least 50 per cent of it to the Fund.
He also called on his Parliamentary colleagues to make available, $250,000 of their Constituency Development Fund, for the Fund, which is administered by the Department of Local Government.