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NHT picks winners - Teachers, nurses, cops among preferential groups for Hellshire houses

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
National Housing Trust building in New Kingston. - File

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

SELECT categories of persons who live or work in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine will get first preference in the purchase of housing units or lots in the Hellshire Housing Development, Phase IV.

Based on an order signed by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who is the minister with responsibility for the National Housing Trust (NHT), young adults who have contributed to the Trust for at least five years will be allotted 10 of the houses to the built.

The order defines a young adult as a person who is between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.

The order, which was signed on September 9 and tabled in the House of Representatives last Wednesday, also makes provision for six categories of public-sector workers, and low to middle-income Jamaica to be accorded preferential treatment in the purchasing of the houses.

Preference is given in respect of five lots to contributors whose weekly income is $4,070 to $7,500.99, or those whose weekly income is $7,501.00 to $10,000. These persons must have contributed to the Trust for at least one year.

Members of the Jamaica Teachers' Association who have contributed to the Trust for at least one year will be given preference of two lots and three units.

Similar treatment is to be accorded to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Island Special Constabulary Force, the Nurses' Association of Jamaica, the Jamaica Defence Force and the Civil Service Association of Jamaica, providing they have contributed to the Trust for at least one year. They, too, will be given preference of two lots and three units.

Simpson Miller broke ground for the Hellshire development in April 2012. The scheme consists of 184 housing solutions at Sandhills Vista, Hellshire, which is approximately 15 kilometres southeast of the Portmore Town Centre.