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$140M adult transitional facility to be built in Kingston

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:32 AM
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie walks away after the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an adult transitional facility on King Street on Monday. The facility, which will be a one-of-a-kind in Jamaica, was the brainchild of the former mayor and will be built on property owned by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie walks away after the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an adult transitional facility on King Street on Monday. The facility, which will be a one-of-a-kind in Jamaica, was the brainchild of the former mayor and will be built on property owned by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.

A state-of-the-art adult transitional facility is to be built at a cost of nearly $140 million to serve homeless persons in Kingston and St Andrew.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie, on Monday, broke ground for the centre at 163-167 King Street, downtown Kingston.

The facility, to be operated and managed by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), will be the first of its kind in Jamaica.

It will offer temporary care to members of the homeless population. Through treatment and intervention provided, persons will be reintegrated into the society.

McKenzie, in his address at the ground-breaking, said that the Government is committed to providing support for the less fortunate in the society, including the homeless.

He said that the National Solid Waste Management Authority will be responsible for the maintenance of the grounds of the compound.

For his part, Mayor of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams said that the establishment of the facility will better enable the municipal authority to manage the problems of homelessness in the Corporate Area.

“The city has to take a prominent role in how we deal with homelessness. This adult transitional facility will ease the burden from the Marie Atkinson Night Shelter,” he said, adding that more persons will be reached at the new centre.

Minority leader at the KSAMC, Andrew Swaby, also welcomed the move to build the transitional facility.