Monday 23 November, 2020

Gov’t to provide houses for police, teachers, nurses, civil servants

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Approximately 21,000 houses are to be built for teachers, nurses, police and civil servants during the next five years of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government, Prime Minister Andrew Holness pledged on Monday.

Speaking at his swearing-in ceremony at King’s House, Holness said the units will be part of a broader effort by the Government to build 70,000 houses over the election cycle, and promised that 10,000 will be for individuals between ages 18 and 35 years.

“We will ensure that more Jamaican have access to land, housing and shelter. I particularly like that 10,000 will be allocated to young people between the ages of 18 and 35, and we will provide them with 100 per cent financing when they seek to purchase these homes,” said Holness.

In the recent campaign leading up to last Thursday’s general elections, housing was one of the central parts of both the governing JLP and the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) manifestos.

The JLP said it built 20,000 houses during the more than four years the party was in Government, and it would improve that number if given a second consecutive term in office.

The PNP had promised a rent-to-own scheme and assistance for young professionals to acquire houses.

According to Holness, under this new JLP Administration, the National Housing Trust (NHT) will also provide $1 billion for social housing for persons who are unable to purchase a house. He said this money will be for new construction and repairs to an existing structure.

In taking a major plank from the PNP’s manifesto, Holness said the Government will be seeking to provide more than 30,000 Jamaicans with land titles for properties that they have occupied for generations.

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