RESIDENTS OF the Elgin Town, Fisherman's Village and Bull Bay Operation Pride developments in Hanover now have good reasons to celebrate as last Saturday they received their certificate of titles from the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ).
"I am happy that we finally have this title in hand," said Noel Myrie of Bull Bay who, along with his wife Garcia, turned up for the handover ceremony.
"It has changed our outlook on life as we now have something to call our own."
The three Hanover communities have almost 500 lots combined. Already $30 million has been spent on preliminary development in terms of infrastructure.
Speaking at the ceremony, minister with responsibility for housing, Dr Morais Guy, said the Government and the HAJ have some 9,000 titles that are yet to be collected by applicants.
"We are determined to empower our people, and owning a piece of the rock will allow any family or individual to stand with pride and hold their heads up high," said Guy. It can also be used as an instrument to improve life by using it as collateral at financial institutions.
"These can be the vehicle for economic growth and development in this country. As, with these (titles), you can go to the bank to transact business and they will give you some attention."
According to Joseph Shoucair, managing director of the HAJ, his organisation is committed to the housing needs of Jamaicans and will continue to do what it can to so empower the populace.
"Whether it is low-income housing or handing out of titles, we believe Jamaicans deserve security of tenure. Over 10,000 Operation Pride beneficiaries will now be afforded the opportunity of having their individual splinter titles transferred to them once the required fees are paid."
The ceremony for the Bull Savannah, Fisherman's Village and Elgin Town residents is just one of several planned for the next 12 months.