$280 million to assist the needy
GOVERNMENT, through the National Housing Trust (NHT), has allocated $280 million this financial year to assist special groups, including the indigent and street persons.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement as she addressed the 2014/2015 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
She said the NHT will be using a portion of its surplus, normally used for grants and subsidies, to provide assistance in four main areas:
* Improvement of infirmaries;
* Assisting with the provision of shelter for street persons;
* Assisting with the maintenance of indigent housing; and
* Providing help to the families of government security workers who lost their lives or suffered major injuries in the line of duty.
"The National Housing Trust is working for the people, all the people," Simpson Miller said, adding that the First Step Programme, under which workers in the sugar and tourism sectors benefited last year, will continue, as will the Inner City Housing Project.
She announced that the NHT will commence preliminary works for Majesty Gardens Phase II, Frog City, and Maxfield Avenue.
The agency had already broken ground for Majesty Gardens Phase II in March, for which 32 housing solutions will be provided at a cost of $175.2 million, she said.