University students need housing solutions
DISCUSSING THE economic potential of off-campus student housing in communities near the two universities in St Andrew Eastern, member of parliament (MP) for the constituency, Fayval Williams, said she will not relent in her appeal to financial institutions to fund this entrepreneurial undertaking.
“Homeowners in our communities that border the universities need to be given a chance to take out homeimprovement loans backed by the income of student rentals. A billion dollars collectively from our financial institutions towards loans with a viable source of repayment and low levels of default make sense in our collective effort to restore communities,” Williams said recently in her contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate in Parliament.
The first-time MP, who is also state minister for finance and the public service, said in other countries student housing, whether on or off campus, is good business. “I intend to keep engaging our financial
institutions until they pay attention to this opportunity,” she asserted.
Commenting on a community tourism initiative in her constituency, Williams said the residents of August Town have been making strides in capitalising on the story of Alexander Bedward, an AfricanJamaican healer who led the Jamaica Baptist Free Church in the community.
“Spearheaded by the Sizzla Youth Foundation, the community of August Town has started attracting tourists for its ‘walking tours’ that include a stop at the Bedward Churchyard, a dip in the healing stream, topped off by a tour of the Sizzla music studio, where you can catch up your vibes,” Williams explained.
“I took one of those walking tours with the ambassador of Argentina and the country representative at the British High Commission. This is something both gentlemen said ‘they never dreamt they would do’. I am proud to have initiated that walk with them.” Bunting