Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that JMD $1billion has been allocated for the roll out of the housing component of the HOPE programme.
Prime Minister Holness says the Government has successfully completed the administrative element of the Housing component of HOPE and is ready for the official launch.
“That programme will cater to indigents. Now the NHT has a programme where persons who do not qualify based upon income can get a benefit from the NHT and it is a grant and that programme works well, it is not a large programme and it is geared to that segment of the market that really has no income but persons who are trying,” said Prime Minister Holness.
The Government through the HOPE programme will utilize public resources to assist persons who are struggling, those with irregular income and also those who are unable to afford their own home.
In that regard, the Prime Minister underscored that the JMD $1billion will be spread equitably across all constituencies through an application process. He is optimistic that the intervention will improve the living conditions and improve parenting.
“The Government is not blind to the conditions that persons live in all over Jamaica and the government is sensitive to it, and the Government will act and the Government is doing the best it can to ensure that the houses that we build, the solutions that we provide, are not only for those who can afford it and those who are working and for those who are upwardly mobile. When we move Jamaica from poverty to prosperity it is for everyone, for the rich and the poor. We are rising the tide for all boats in the harbor; every single Jamaican must feel that there is something in the Government’s programme that reaches out to them and is designed for them specifically,” stated Prime Minister Holness.
The Prime Minister was speaking on Friday (July 26) at the handover ceremony for the latest National Housing Trust housing development the Spanish Ridge in Kitson Town St. Catherine.
The NHT developed thirty-seven (37) housing solutions which includes 18 two-bedroom units, 12 one-bedroom units, 4 Premium Serviced Lots and 3 Regular Serviced Lots.
37 new homeowners were handed keys and contracts to their homes.