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6,000 housing solutions by 2017

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 4:08 AM

 

The Government is to create nearly 6,000 housing solutions by 2017, half of which will be housing units and the remainder being service lots. The units are to be made available to low to middle income Jamaicans.

Dr Morais Guy, minister without portfolio in the transport, works and housing ministry, said there was now a concerted effort to get many projects that have been long conceptualised off the ground.

The minister said it would require $7.9 billion to produce the serviced lots and $5.1 billion for the housing component, making a total of $12.9 billion.

Some $3.9 billion will be spent under the programme this financial year.

Guy said there are currently several plans by the National Housing Trust, the Housing Agency of Jamaica and the housing ministry, and that Cabinet has taken the decision to engage a wholesale effort to ensure the implementation of the project.

The minister told The Gleaner yesterday that the Government is planning a fast roll-out of the programme, adding that the National Environment and Planning Agency has been engaged as a means of providing speedy development approvals.

Speaking in the 2015-2016 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday, Guy said lands have been identified across the island which, when developed, can produce some 5,962 lots of which 3,010 are earmarked to be designed and developed in the first phase of the programme.

"This proposal for the development and delivery of low income housing has been approved by the Cabinet, and infrastructure works are projected to be completed by June 2017. These lots will be utilised to construct housing units under the joint Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; the Housing Agency of Jamaica; Food for the Poor Programme and the National Housing Trust's Small Contractors' Programme," Guy said.

Guy said the National Housing Trust will provide a total of $3.89 billion over a three-year period towards the programme. He said too that the PetroCaribe Fund will be approached to provide the remaining $9 billion for the project.

Guy did not disclose where the housing solutions will be located. He said too that finer details, such as the price of the units, have not yet been fully articulated.