Prime Minister Says Several Housing Projects To Come On Stream In 2016

Photo: Marlon Tingling Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right, front row), shares with beneficiaries of housing and agricultural lots in the Balaclava heights development in St. Elizabeth, who received their certificates of possession on Wednesday (December 9). Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy (right, 2nd row); and Chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT) Board, Hon. Dr. Carlton Davis, also participated in the handing over ceremony.

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  • Several housing projects are to come on stream during 2016, says Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.
  • The Prime Minister points out that the developments will be undertaken by the National Housing Trust (NHT) and private developers.
  • Mrs. Simpson Miller, who was speaking at a ceremony in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth, on December 9, where certificates of possession for lots in the Balaclava Heights Housing development were handed out, said several of the new projects have already started.

Several housing projects are to come on stream during 2016, says Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.

The Prime Minister points out that the developments will be undertaken by the National Housing Trust (NHT) and private developers.

Mrs. Simpson Miller, who was speaking at a ceremony in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth, on December 9, where certificates of possession for lots in the Balaclava Heights Housing development were handed out, said several of the new projects have already started.

“At Longville in Clarendon, the contractor has already been mobilised to work on 38 serviced lots; in Westmoreland, 61 serviced lots; at Shrewsbury, 51 serviced lots are being done at Yeast Plant, also in Westmoreland;  and at Granville, in Trelawny, the development of 89 serviced lots is scheduled to start early in 2016,” the Prime Minister said.

She noted that arrangements are at an advanced stage for the implementation of a joint venture housing project in St. James between the NHT and a private developer. “This development will provide 1,500 new housing solutions,” the Prime Minister said.

“The NHT is also concluding arrangements to provide interim financing for three housing projects. One located in Hanover will provide more than 1,000 new housing solutions; another will provide 244 housing solutions in St. James, and the third will provide 116 housing solutions in St. Catherine,” the Prime Minister noted.

Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government is fulfilling commitments it made to provide housing solutions for Jamaicans.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the Administration is moving to address the challenge of getting more private sector investments in housing, as the NHT will not be able to provide enough housing solutions to satisfy the needs of all potential homeowners.

“To this extent, the NHT will be having discussions with building societies and other institutions. We want to explore…the possible ways and means to make investments in housing more attractive to them,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

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