Beneficiaries of HOPE housing will sign social contracts | New
A social contract, which will see beneficiaries and their families agree to be law-abiding and positive citizens in their communities, will be introduced as part of the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme.
The contract will also guarantee that after the death of the beneficiary, the family will continue to benefit from the house.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness provided details at a ceremony handing over a three-bedroom house to a family in Guys Hill, St. Catherine on Thursday.
He noted that the contract will see the beneficiaries and their families “take part in the life of the community, to help others”.
“It’s not free, and you’re going to pay for it by being good examples and good citizens,” Holness said.
“We have a problem with violence in society and it is linked to our culture and our history. [as well as] in poverty [which] leads to a high level of frustration. So when we give you this benefit, we want you not to promote violence in any way,” he added.
The HOPE program enables the development and provision of housing for the country’s poor and disadvantaged population.
The beneficiaries will also undertake to maintain and preserve the house, so that it does not end up in a deplorable state.
“The program will develop its own tracking mechanisms, where we will follow the people who have benefited from it to see exactly how they have used the [houses] to change their lives and that of the community,” he added.
The prime minister said the government will continue to implement the necessary policies and programs to help citizens “break the cycle of poverty” in their families.
The HOPE program is implemented under the supervision of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC). Its implementation modalities include the provision of indigent housing, the relocation of vulnerable communities and the upgrading of buildings (“Big Yards”).