St. James Poor Relief Department Helping With Housing

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MONTEGO BAY, St. James: A Registered Poor from Bickersteth, St. James is the
latest recipient of a one-bedroom housing unit which was funded from the St. James
Municipal Corporation’s Poor Relief Department.
The unit, a wooden structure consisting of one bedroom and a verandah, is the
second such housing unit constructed this year (2020) under the Poor Relief
Housing programme. Construction of the unit commenced on July 28, 2020 with
support from members of the Bickersteth Church of God of Prophecy.
According to Inspector of Poor at the Municipal Corporation, Pauline Lecky, the
registered poor person showed ‘great need for the house, as he had been living in
deplorable conditions.’
“The gentleman is terminally ill, and has been living in what I would call a ‘shack’ on
family land for some time now. The Poor Relief Officer that is responsible for his
care under the programme highlighted the need for better living conditions and we
did our research and commenced the procurement of material, while also seeking
support for the construction of the house” said Lecky.
Lecky also stated that there are plans in place to provide the individual with toilet
facilities to replace the structure that now exists on the property.

Pastor of the Bickersteth Church of God of Prophecy, Rupert Brown, along with six
(6) members of the church were on hand to support the effort by providing labour.
“We were informed by a member of the congregation that the gentlemen needed
help, and that the Municipal Corporation was providing the material. We came on
board as we have done many times, for it is part of what we do, we always provide
assistance anytime we can to help lift persons,” said Pastor Brown.
The Poor Relief Housing programme exists to support Registered Poor persons in
dire need of housing or repairs to their home. Once the need is identified,
investigations are done to determine the full extent of assistance required. The Poor
Relief department may occasionally partner with other agencies to carry out
projects under the programme.

Helping Hand: Poor Relief Officers at the St. James Municipal Corporation, Janet
Stone (right) and Shadae Norman (second from right ), offer a helping hand with the
construction of a wooden one-bedroom structure being developed for a Registered
Poor living in Bickersteth, St. James. The house is being constructed in partnership
with members of the Bickersteth Church of God of Prophecy with funding from
the Municipal Corporation.


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