Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his administration holds the strongest record in housing among Governments in Jamaica.
He says with the programmes underway by the Government, including an aggressive home ownership campaign by the National Housing Trust (NHT), in less than a decade the Government will be able to solve the housing and settlement problems in Jamaica.
Mr Holness says the NHT is on track to build 22,000 homes by the end of this financial year, the most housing solutions built by a single Administration.
The Prime Minister made the comments on Friday, August 9, during his keynote address at the ground-breaking ceremony at Rhyne Park Estate in St. James.
“The NHT is now on track to build 22,000 housing solutions by the end of this financial year, the most that have ever been built by any administration in any term.”
He also said there has been a turnaround from consistent losses by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to the point they have now “started to deliver housing solutions at the price point that people can afford.”
He said the Housing shortage can be solved through increasing the housing construction to realise five to ten thousand houses per year in planned communities.
According to the Prime Minister, the Government has made it easier for individuals to own their own home in Jamaica with affordable prices and easy access to financing.
“What this government has done with its emphasis on housing, with its emphasis on building, with its emphasis on creating sustainable communities that will retain value for the people who invest in them so that they can pass on that value to the next generation, is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through the development of housing and community,” said Prime Minister Holness.
A mixture of 754 one to three-bedroom townhouses, apartment, and single-family units are being built by the Housing Agency of Jamaica at Rhyne Park Estate in St. James. The project will be completed in three years.