Habitat For Humanity/Jamaica Abode
Address: 2 Acacia Avenue, Kingston 5
Telephone: (876) 920-0509
Fax: (876) 960-3466
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- sweat equity -- into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
Habitat for Humanity Jamaica Ltd. is an affiliate that has built over 1000 homes in 13 communities since 1992. Two models of houses. A 16’ X 20’, one room, “block and steel” constructed house with kitchen sink, and inside bathroom, on a 1,000 square foot lot, costs $250,000.00 Jamaican. A 2 bedroom, royale building system, block and steel.
Habitat International pulled out in June 2006 and the organization is currently restructuring to Jamaica Abode. Habitat for Humanity Jamaica, The habitat team is currently working on the North Coast, near Montego Bay. The work includes digging footings, mixing and pouring concrete, fabricating and tying steel reinforcement, laying block, forming and pouring roof decks.