Government to link new housing solutions to cities
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stated that the Government is deliberately moving to link new housing solutions to cities.
Speaking at the Inaugural Regional Housing Conference in Montego Bay, St James, last evening, Holness acknowledged that cities were once seen as bad.
However, he says there’s now increasing recognition that cities can be resilient and sustainable.
In addition, he says provision of housing within a city setting does not present the challenges and cost requirements as in rural settings.
Holness says construction of urban housing is also important for stemming squatting in urban centres.
He says this is the reason the Government is moving swiftly to establish a third major city in Jamaica.
He says the new Morant Bay town project will be used as a blueprint for similar developments.
The Regional Housing Conference is being held under the theme 'Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation'.
It is expected to identify practical solutions and industry best practices to resolve the challenges facing the Caribbean housing sector, particularly cost.