​​​The government is to spend $71 million to build 20 new homes for families in Denham Town in West Kingston.

The Department of Economic Growth and Job Creation is providing $50 million, while the Department of Local Government and Rural Development will provide the remaining $21 million.

The project is to be carried out under the government’s new social housing programme.

Earth was laid today for the Victoria Palms housing estate.

Twelve units are to be completed within nine months.

The entire development is expected to be completed in 2023.

The houses will be built in five blocks, each consisting of four multi-storey structures.

Amenities include green spaces, gazebos and a children’s playground.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, said the project was part of the government’s commitment to provide 70,000 housing solutions to Jamaicans over a five-year period.

“Much of the government’s efforts to build these homes will ensure that the housing market is adequately supplied. That means there will be a stock of homes that people… at all income levels… can buy,” he said.

He pointed out that the government continues to introduce innovative programs to create a framework that will make home ownership possible for Jamaicans at different income levels.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie said the development is one of many that will be undertaken in Kingston Western, where he is MP.

Noting that Denham Town is one of the oldest communities in the corporate area, McKenzie said: “[it] will be a better community with the infusion of these new housing solutions.

He assured that “he [is] more to come as we strive to create suitable housing in the community,” while emphasizing that Tivoli Gardens should also benefit from the construction of new homes.

Victoria Palms is undertaken in conjunction with the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.

– JIS News

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