“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home,” wrote 19th Century American dramatist, John Howard

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One response to “Home Sweet Home – comparing the Barbadian and Jamaican home seeker situation”

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    makeda kenyatta

    I don’t know if any of this works for the ‘small man’. Repeatedly Government housing are for the privileged. I have been working for the Government some 30 years and in education especially over 15 years and contributing to NHT without even claiming some returns, still I am unable to acquire a home. Am nearing retirement now with little hope of ever acquiring one. Am not interested in migrating, (except for educational excursions for short – very – short periods to see other cultures, volunteer in some humanistic venture etc.)

    I will NOT violate laws to work in another man’s country without legal permit. Will I never have a house? I do not think my children should provide me a house. No, I should be leaving one to them. I have so many talents with which I am going to my grave, but with no home and therefore the opportunity to direct capital into launching my plans to pass on skills I am like a wasted (buried) talent and not just one.

    I am not even looking for a sophisticated home some tree slabs etc. my job does not allow for me to even acquire tree slabs. No matter how carefully I budget. Speaking of budget, can someone help me budget $8000.00 per week. Transportation (work to home only) =$2200.00, occasional lunch =$1000.00, supplementing students =$500.00 groceries= $2500.00, utilities =2000.00, Saving $500.00.

    No self-care plan, no recreation and I ponder whether I am only one such for which I could say “bless God” but I think from crude research there are many and in both countries. (Ja. and Bim.). Governments housing has more of a political agenda rather than assisting the truly needy.