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The true ownership of poverty spaces

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Poverty has been on the increased in Jamaican spaces and the living conditions of Jamaica's vulnerable has also worsened. A new space has also emerged with the lower-middle income groups and that is inheritance generational homes which are in need of home renovation a process which occurred in urban renewal projects. The spaces of lower-middle income groups could be enhanced with small loans as many lower income groups lack land administration collateral. Poverty has for years been identified with spaces within Jamaica - these spaces are referred to in secular street names - garrisons. In the mid-nineties the popular ghettos was coined into popularity.

Poverty spaces intrude in the mental state of its occupancies and consumes the altitude of many persons way of thinking and in turn their socialisation contexts. The lack of real defined walls, fence or perimeters, colour in the form of wall paintings, furniture, proper bedroom structure, room space and a decent living space overall do not exist in poverty spaces.

The true ownership of poverty spaces never truly comes to light as it sometimes highlighted during fire escapes in tenement yards or when a poverty space is reduced to nothing by collapse or fire. The gross use of poverty space is even harder to recover during tragedy as even though it is regarded by many not living in these spaces as little to nothing. These spaces take years to be built by its dwellers many, of whom build and maintain these poverty spaces.

Housing solutions have never been truly conceptualised by many real estates and the government for poverty spaces or for the young poor populous of our country. For it to be truly realised it has to equalised for these young poor individuals, many of whom are educated but lack high economic stimulating jobs and many who have young dependents. As the problem becomes too real to swallow, lest we choke on this epidemic of poverty spaces which becomes more pronounced in Jamaica.

Ann-Marie Thompson

Frome, Westmoreland