On July 19 this year, fire destroyed a house on Bay Farm Road leaving a family of 15 homeless; a young child, Neymar Facey, tragically lost his life in the fire.
Today, the family has something to smile about as the Prime Minister Andrew Holness handed over the keys to the rehabilitated 5 bedroom home to the family matriarch, Hermine Tennant.
The home was rehabilitated through the HOPE programme’s Social Housing and Indigent Housing Initiative at a cost of $8,011,863.75.
The prime minister says the Government is committed to the provision of safe and affordable housing for all Jamaicans and has put policies in place to respond to the demand for low-income and social housing.
Even as the family expressed gratitude and satisfaction with their new home, their joy was mixed with sadness as they mourn the loss of young Neymar.
The PM is urging families to be vigilant when it comes to taking care of their young children; and not to use open flames such as candles and lamps and pay attention to fire hazards in households.