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  • The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) says more young professionals are showing interest in accessing housing solutions on the periphery of Kingston and St. Andrew.
  • “We realise that young persons are definitely interested in lower housing costs, while still desiring to be in and around the Corporate Area because most young professional jobs are in the Corporate Area,” Assistant Environmental Planner at the HAJ, Zaneta Scott, told JIS News.
  • She noted that developers have started moving further westward, as far as Old Harbour, St. Catherine, in a bid to provide affordable starter homes.

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) says more young professionals are showing interest in accessing housing solutions on the periphery of Kingston and St. Andrew.

“We realise that young persons are definitely interested in lower housing costs, while still desiring to be in and around the Corporate Area because most young professional jobs are in the Corporate Area,” Assistant Environmental Planner at the HAJ, Zaneta Scott, told JIS News.

She noted that developers have started moving further westward, as far as Old Harbour, St. Catherine, in a bid to provide affordable starter homes.

She noted that Portmore is one major area that is being targeted for new housing developments.

“The interest in Portmore is high. A lot of the call-ins we received from young professionals, persons wanting to start a family and persons wanting to buy a first home, the demand is for Portmore,” Ms. Scott said.

The Bernard Lodge development is one new low-income housing solution that the HAJ will be undertaking in 2019.

Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the HAJ, Richard Jones, argued that the increase in road improvement works, including construction of highways, will facilitate faster commute for persons who reside outside of the Corporate Area.