Trench Town Residents get Titles
Minister Davies presents a title to one of the home owners.
“Now that you are a
homeowner, it is incumbent on you to ensure the safety of your investment,”
NHT managing director, Mrs. A. Cecile Watson,told
residents of the Trench Town Housing Scheme in Havanawho were presented with
titles for their homes Wednesday, February 15. The residents recently completed
payment to the NHT for their units. The titles were handed over by the NHT and
Member of Parliament and Minister of Transport, Water and Housing Dr. the Hon.
Omar Davies, in a ceremony at the Trench Town Community Centre. Central Kingston
Member of Parliament the Hon. Ronald Thwaites was also present to witness the
The handover of titles on Wednesday was another milestone in
an ongoing project by the NHT to regularize occupancy of units in the Havana
housing scheme. Since the start of the regularisation programme in 2002, over
120 persons have taken up the opportunity to buy the units they occupy. The
project’s success was, in a large part, due to Dr. Davies’ on the ground
Dr. Davies congratulated the persons who collected the titles
for their properties. Further, he
welcomed them to their new status as homeownerspointing out that “It is an
important change in your life.” He
also took time out to encourage residents to play their part in increasing the
number of property owners in the community as a way of encouraging responsible
citizenship. Dr. Davies reaffirmed his pledge of support to encourage residents
of Havana, who had not yet paid for their units, to take advantage of NHT’s
offer to regularize by March 2013 when the special programme will close.
In bringing greetings at the event, Mrs. Watson encouraged
the just under 40 persons in the scheme who had not yet entered into
arrangements to regularize their occupancy or who had faltered on previous
agreements to settle their outstanding balance.
She pointed out that the Trust also intends to make a similar offer to
residents of NHT schemes in Denham Town, Beverley Gardens, Central Kingston and
Tawes Pen, who do not legitimately own the units they currently occupy.
Minister the Hon. Ronald Thwaitesalso applauded the new
homeowners. He remarked that the event signalled the “reversing of history
because people like you aren’t supposed to own property.” He expressed his support of a similar
regularisation programme in his constituency.