Fifty-two Westmoreland families get new homes

Fifty-two Westmoreland families get new homes

Thursday, December 05, 2019

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday handed over 52 housing units in Darliston Grove and Shrewsbury in Westmoreland.

Holness presented keys to families for 29 detached units in Darliston Grove and 23 detached units in Shrewsbury.

They are the first set of beneficiaries in the island to receive housing units under the National Housing Trust (NHT) Labour and Small Materials Programme (LSMP).

In his address, the prime minister said the Government is committed to ensuring that every Jamaican has a fair chance of owning his or her own home, and residing in a secure environment.

Holness congratulated the new homeowners, and lauded the NHT on delivering the new houses. He said the agency has been following the Government's mandate to build houses for the hard-working men and women of Jamaica.

“It was in early 2017 that I broke ground at Darliston and Shrewsbury, and I told you that I would be delivering six housing developments, totalling 1,493 houses in the parish of Westmorland under the NHT's four-year housing programme,” the prime minister said.

“So, I have to thank the board of the NHT for doing such a wonderful job in ensuring that these projects come to fruition in short order,” he added.

Holness further stated that the NHT has been making steady progress in achieving its target of developing 23,000 housing units in Jamaica by 2021. He noted that this objective is being propelled through public-private partnerships that are being encouraged through various programmes.

NHT Board Director Nesta-Claire Hunter, in her address, said the agency remains committed to empowering and improving the quality of life for all Jamaicans through homeownership.

“For us at the NHT, these houses represent more than just fulfilling targets. For us, they signify the building of a nation one block, one home and one community at a time,” she said.

New homeowner of Darliston Grove, Cosmo Grant, told JIS News that getting the keys to a new home has been an overwhelming experience for him and his family.

“We want to thank the NHT and the Government for what they have created here in Darliston, and it is my intention that we keep this scheme free from violence, and make sure it is clean all the way through,” he said.

— JIS


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