Prime Minister Andrew Holness (2nd right) and Dr Christopher Tufton, MP (3rd left) are joined by officials to cut the ribbon to officially open nearly 40 NHT-funded housing solutions in Kitson Town, St Catherine, Friday.
The Government says a programme to help provide housing for the lowest income earners and even those not employed is ready to be launched.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says J$1billion has been allocated for the roll out of the housing component of the HOPE programme. HOPE is Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment and is aimed mainly at engaging unemployed and unattached youth.
Mr Holness 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.
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,” the Prime Minister said, pointing out that the National Housing Trust (NHT) has a programme through which it provides grants towards housing to people who otherwise would not qualify for fund to own a home.
Mr Holness says 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 J$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.
“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 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, in Spanish Ridge.