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Jamaica: Plans for $120-m homeless shelter downtown Kingston

A new shelter for homeless people in the Corporate Area is to be built on King Street, downtown Kingston, at a cost of approximately $120 million.

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, made the disclosure during his 2019/20 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives yesterday.

He said that designs for the facility have been completed and the works put to tender. “This facility will cater to over 300 Jamaicans who are living on the streets and lacking proper care,” he noted.

Meanwhile, McKenzie said construction of drop-in centres for the homeless in St Thomas and Trelawny is more than 50 per cent complete.

These will increase accommodation for the approximately 1,971 registered homeless people islandwide.

New drop-in centres, built at a cost of $28 million, opened in St Ann and St Mary in May and November 2018, respectively.

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