Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | February 19, 2013
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NHT not carrying out mandate
THE EDITOR, Sir:

I don't understand how it is that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is willing to just give up so much of the money that should benefit the poor Jamaicans contributing to the Trust.

I am currently paying rent. I have been trying to get a house of my own. I tried getting land, but to no avail. To me, the NHT has so much surplus because it hasn't been carrying out its mandate effectively, especially in one core aspect: the amount it provides to purchase lands.

In this day and age, no one is selling land for $1.5 million, and that's all the NHT provides for it. Why didn't it use some of that money to increase that amount by $1 million so that people could afford to buy land? I don't see what house in the market is selling for below $2 million.

As a young person, I feel defeated and I ponder every day about leaving Jamaica. I ponder what future we, as young people, have to look forward to.

The NHT should really use its funds to better aid young people to buy their own homes. These leaders probably have four or five; we want only one and can't even afford it.

R. BROWN

raschiidbrown@yahoo.com

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