Gov’t to provide more houses for the indigent

The provision of houses for the indigent remains a priority for the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry, says Desmond McKenzie.

Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development

Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the new Minister of State, Homer Davis, at the Ministry on September 22, McKenzie said that work is far advanced on a number of projects for the indigent.

“We are expecting the soup kitchen at Church Street (Kingston) to be up and running by the end of this month (September). They have just concluded the procurement for the equipment and we are looking forward to that,” he said.

“There are two indigent houses and a drop-in facility that is to be opened later this month in St. Thomas.”

Vulnerable population

The Secretary of the Board of Supervision within the Ministry announced the addition of a soup kitchen on Church Street in July to sustain the feeding programme the Government started earlier this year for the vulnerable population.

McKenzie had also announced the Government’s plans to build 100 houses across the island for the indigent, with 12 projected to be completed before the end of the 2020/2021 financial year. These will be concentrated within St Andrew.

“I will be breaking ground in West Central St Andrew in short order, where we are going to commence building out about 12 indigent houses and then I will move into the South West St Andrew constituency to do a similar project but in a reduced number. So, we will be concentrating in St Andrew in this new set of indigent houses that we are going to be providing,” Minister McKenzie said.