Saturday 20 July, 2019

Commission proposes merger of NHT and HAJ

The National Housing Trust building in New Kingston.

The National Housing Trust building in New Kingston.

A Special Commission which reviewed the operations of the National Housing Trust (NHT), has recommended the merger of the trust with the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ).

The recommendation was among several proposals from the commission in its report on the strategic review of the NHT, which was geared at improving the efficiency of the entity.

The report was handed over to Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a meeting with the members of the commission at Jamaica House on Tuesday. 

Holness, who appointed the commission in July last year, said the report fell within the mandate of the Government to improve the NHT's capacity to provide affordable housing solutions for Jamaicans.

“The NHT can be a catalyst to the ownership of housing. The reason why I mandated this report is to give us a road map as to how we can use the NHT (to operate more effectively),” he said.

The prime minister was briefed on the report by NHT Chairman, Ambassador Dr Nigel Clarke.

Holness expressed pleasure that the report made recommendations for the strengthening of the governance structure of the trust, as well as the means to use the NHT to address the issue of informal settlements by increasing the pace at which housing solutions are provided.

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