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Hold the NHT accountable

Published:Thursday | November 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM


While Mr LaTouche and the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT) try to defend 'bailing out a friend', the dreams of middle- and lower-income Jamaicans of owning a piece of the Rock continue to be elusive.

I don't write on the behalf of the spineless Jamaicans who have failed to find their voice after being taken for a ride. The strokes of my pen are for every nurse, teacher, police officer, security guard and hotel worker who is currently left with no choice but to add a little back room to their parents' home to create some space befitting an adult, while the Trust that was created to give them the opportunity for independence, the dignity of turning their own keys, has lost its scope and focus. It has now become the reserve fund for the broke and connected.

We talk about growth for the country, but how can a country grow when government policies force the workers to build back rooms on the lands occupied by their parents, most of which are unregistered and can never be used to guarantee a loan to start a business should they lose their jobs?

The multiplier effect of the millions wasted in these structures built out of desperation is heart-rending, because these are funds earned by blood, sweat, and tears. All they needed was the opportunity - the opportunity that the Trust was set up to provide for them.

I am disgusted by the silence of every contributor who has contributed for so many years yet has not received the benefit of owning a home. Is it that you all have lost hope or have you all forgotten the reasons you make the contributions? We need to send a message to these government entities that are entrusted with our benefits that it is not a rainy-day fund for the broke and connected.

Wake up people!